Research indicates children are more successful and less traumatized when placed in the care of kin. Every effort is made to identify relative caregivers when children are in need of placement. The Center for Youth and Family Solutions’ Relative Foster Care Program is designed to maintain children in the care of a relative when out of home placement is necessary. Our agency works diligently with relatives to support the continued familial relationships and maintain the cultural identity of each child
As a relative caregiver, you may not have had time to prepare to take care of the children who are now in your home. To help you with the initial adjustment and in meeting all of the needs of the children, you will have the same quality of care as other foster parents. Our foster care caseworkers and licensing staff will meet with you and walk you through the process. They will answer your questions and provide you with information you need to make informed decisions.
To help you with the extra expense that may come as a result of the child’s everyday needs,you will receive a monthly subsidy. This subsidy assists with day to day caregiving, housing, schooling, and counseling needs that you are now managing.
Our Foster Care Licensing Staff will work with you to understand the process of licensure. This process includes:
Stepping in to help children in your family is not easy. CYFS provides a wide variety of support groups, special events and trainings to help. Let our foster care and licensing staff help you as you help your family.