Kinship Care Maintains “Family”

COVID-19 and Kinship Care

Kinship Caregivers, use the Emergency Foster Parent Support Resources Directory and find support services near you!

The COVID-19 pandemic means providing Kinship Care has become more complicated than ever before. These are resources designed to help Kinship Caregivers.

Read a Letter to Louisiana Foster Parents from Dr. Rhenda Hodnett, Assistant Secretary, Department of Children and Family Services – Child Welfare Division

Kinship Care

Today, about half of the children in Louisiana’s foster care system live with relatives in kinship care. Most people do not realize the vital role Kinship Care plays in maintaining family ties for children who cannot live with biological parents.

Placing a child with extended family, in the home of relatives, is usually the best option for a child who must be in foster care. Relative placements are called “kinship care”. Kinship care maintains a child’s connections with their families.

Information from the Department of Children and Family Services

If you have questions about any aspect of kinship care in Louisiana, the Louisiana Kinship Navigator Legal and Custodial Information Guide is a great source of answers. This comprehensive document is 52 pages of helpful information prepared by Louisiana’s Department of Children and Family Services to inform the public about Kinship Care.

Louisiana Kinship Navigator Legal and Custodial Guide

In addition to the Legal and Custodial Information Guide, Louisiana’s Department of Children and Family Services also provides the following helpful information about Kinship Care:

Relative Foster Care: Affirming Connections to Family, Community and Culture

Kinship Care: Maintaining Connections to Family, Community and Culture

Louisiana’s Kinship Navigator Program

Of Louisiana’s 1,600 relative placements, only 600 are certified Kinship Caregivers. Louisiana’s Kinship Navigator program assists kinship caregivers to obtain certification as foster parents.

The Kinship Navigator Program is a partnership between Methodist Foster Care and DCFS which assists kinship caregivers through the certification process allowing relatives who care for children in DCFS’ custody to access the supports and services available from the Department of Children and Family Services for certified Kinship Caregivers.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

In support of grandparents who provide kinship care to grandchildren, The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Information Center of Louisiana is a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering both information and support to kinship caregivers and their families.

Kinship News

Grandparents Should Seek Legal Custody or Guardianship by Susan Adcox