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Requirements and Benefits of Kinship Family Foster Care and Non-Certified Kinship Care

The primary differences between Kinship Family Foster Care and Non-Certified Kinship Care are identified, and this is not an all inclusive list. The county department will address any other requirements.

Kinship Family Foster Care

Non-Certified Kinship Care

Requirements:

  • Fingerprint-based background checks with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for all adults age 18 and older living in the home.
  • A background check for confirmed child abuse/neglect in Colorado and all states any adults in the home have resided for the past five (5) years.
  • A check of the CBI and National Sexual Offender Registries by name and address for all adults age 18 and older living in the home
  • A check of the Colorado Judicial database for all adults age 18 and older living in the home.
  • An application to provide foster care.
  • SAFE home study.
  • Financial assets/liabilities.
  • Monthly visits in the kinship foster home for supervision and support of the foster parent.
  • Monthly visits with the child/youth generally provided by the caseworker to assure the safety and well-being of the child/youth.
  • Affidavit of citizenship
  • Current health evaluations for everyone in the home.
  • Copies of driver license and auto insurance for anyone transporting the child/youth (with the county department’s approval).
  • Copies of pet vaccinations.
  • 27 hours of pre-certification training, CPR/First Aid.
  • 20 hours of annual training for recertification.
  • Home inspection to meet certification requirements.

§  County department director or designee may waive certain non-safety certification standards.

Requirements:

  • Fingerprint-based background checks with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for all adults age 18 and older living in the home.
  • A background check for confirmed child abuse/neglect in Colorado and all states any adults in the home have resided for the past five (5) years.
  • A check of the CBI and National Sexual Offender Registries by name and address for all adults age 18 and older living in the home.
  • A check of the Colorado Judicial database for all adults age 18 and older living in the home.
  • An application to provide kinship care.
  • SAFE or modified SAFE home study, or a written county assessment.
  • Home inspection.
  • Monthly visits with the child/youth generally provided by the caseworker to assure the safety and well-being of the child/youth.
  • Training hours may be required, depending on the county department’s policy (0-27 hours

Kinship Family Foster Care

Non-Certified Kinship Care

Possible Benefits:

  • Reimbursement for child/youth maintenance from the county department with custody (based on the child’s/youth’s needs and county policy).
  • Medicaid for the child/youth through the county department with custody.  If the child/youth is not in the country legally, the county department must purchase an insurance policy.
  • Title IV-E Waiver Kinship Supports in participating counties.

 

Possible Benefits:

  • Child-only financial assistance from TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) based on verification of the kinship caregiver’s legal custody of the child/youth (for children/youth who are in the country legally).
  • Kin make application for Medicaid assistance through TANF in the county of the kin provider’s residence or enroll the child/youth on private insurance.
  • Title IV-E Waiver Kinship Supports in participating counties.
  • Some county departments have additional kinship support services and kinship support staff.


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