Am I Eligible?
To become a Kinship Caregiver, you must be:
- 21 years of age or older,
- In good health
- Able to demonstrate an ability and interest in caring for children
- Able to provide a safe living environment for a child
Home ownership is not a requirement
The important thing is that you have room for a child in a safe living environment and can meet the child's needs. Single, married, divorced, same sex couples, and gay individuals are encouraged to apply.
Qualities of Successful Kinship Caregivers
- Have a relationship with a child in need, as a relative or extended family member.
- Willing to participate with the child in activities to promote development of social and physical skills
- Able to ensure that children are attending school
- Willing to allow the child to make decisions regarding the choice of religious belief and religious services
- Willing to participate with agencies in planning for the child's developmental and medical needs
- Willing to support the child through family reunification efforts while also committing to becoming a permanent family for the child.
If you are willing to open your home to a child in foster care, please call (831) 345-2700