Extended family members often play significant roles in raising or caring for children when parents are unable to be the primary caregiver. The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) refers to this as Kinship Care, and it may serve as a placement option for a child instead of foster care. Through Kinship Care, children are often spared the trauma associated with being separated from their families. Kinship caregivers include relatives, close family friends, or others who have a long-standing relationship with the child or family.
Pathways verifies kinship homes, which allows the caregiver to receive a monthly stipend to help care for the child. Becoming a verified kinship home may be easier than you think, and our highly trained staff are always available to answer any questions you have.