The Kinship Care program facilitates the placement of children in the custody of a County Children and Youth agency into the home of a relative or other significant adult. The program also provides ongoing supervision of the placement. Kinship Care is a program that is referral based only.
All referrals must come from a County Children and Youth Agency.
Kinship/Kin: Pennsylvania’s current definition of kin includes existing relationships with a child that meet at least one of the following:
- Relative through blood, marriage (affinity) or adoption;
- God parent as recognized by an organized church;
- Member of the child’s Indian tribe, nation or clan;
- or Individual with a significant, positive relationship with the child or family.
- This may include relationships established with a teacher, neighbor, current or former resource parent, etc.
Who can be a Kinship Care provider:
- Kinship applicants must meet all the requirements of the Pennsylvania Foster Family Care 3700.00 Regulations as set forth by the state of Pennsylvania.
- Individuals or couples must be identified by the County Children & Youth agency as a potential resource family for a child.
- The kinship applicants must be 21 years of age or older.
- Applicants are screened through the Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Childline and Federal Bureau of Investigation.