Kinship Care is a federally funded, county administered program that provides a small monthly payment to an adult caring for a related child. Eligible relatives per Wis Stat 48.02(15) include, stepparent, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, half sister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, first cousin, 2nd cousin, nephew, niece, uncle, aunt, stepuncle, stepaunt, or any person of a preceding generation as denoted by the prefix of grand, great, or great−great, whether by blood, marriage, or legal adoption, or the spouse of any person named in this subsection, even if the marriage is terminated by death or divorce. For purposes of the application of s. 48.028 and the federal Indian Child Welfare Act, 25 USC 1901 to 1963, “relative” includes an extended family member, as defined in s. 48.028 (2) (am), whether by blood, marriage, or adoption, including adoption under tribal law or custom.
Voluntary Kinship Care- parent/s voluntarily agree to allow the child to live with a relative. Placement is not ordered by juvenile court.
Court Ordered Kinship Care- Juvenile court formally places a child with a relative. This relative, if interested in receiving Kinship care benefits for the child, must apply for both Kinship Care and Foster Home licensing.