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KINSHIP CARE PROGRAM

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.

VOLUNTARY KINSHIP CARE APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

Voluntary Kinship Care Information Letter

Voluntary Kinship Care Payment Application (one per household)

Kinship Care Additional Child Form (if applying for more than two children)

Background Information Disclosure (one per adult- 18 years old and up in the household)

COURT ORDERED KINSHIP CARE APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

Joint Court Ordered Kinship Care and Foster Care Application

Background Information Disclosure (one per adult- 18 years old and up in the household)

Kinship Care Good Cause Notice

OTHER RESOURCES

Kinship Care Navigator

State of Wisconsin Kinship Care

Rainbow Project programs for grandparents and other relatives as parents

The Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program (WIC)

Information and on-line application for FoodShare, Badgercare and childcare assistance

Dane County Child Support

Individualized Education Programs (IEP)

Joining Forces for Families [JFF]

Local low cost legal resources

Petitioning for Guardianship of the Person of a Minor

Power of Attorney Delegating Parental Power

Additional questions related to the Kinship Care Program may be directed to:
Sarah Kasel at 608-242-6381 | kasel@countyofdane.com, or Carolyn Fatsis at 608-242-6308 | fatsis@countyofdane.com.
Completed application forms can be sent to:
DCDHS Kinship Care
1202 Northport Drive, Madison WI 53704


HOURS OF OPERATION
MONDAY - FRIDAY: 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
Phone 608-242-NEED (6333)

Fax 608-242-6294

 

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