Kinship caregivers often face financial changes and uncertainty when they begin to provide care for a relative's child. The resources in this section provide information on a number of services available to kinship families, including child care and housing assistance, food vouchers, and guardianship assistance programs.
Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Helps caregivers choose and pay for child care and provides professional resources.
A Guide to Using the Guardianship Assistance Agreement (PDF - 141 KB)
Answers questions for using a guardianship assistance agreement that outlines the responsibilities of the child welfare agency in providing assistance to guardians to facilitate the transfer of guardianship of a child.
How Grandparent and Relative Caregivers Can Access Support through the TANF Program
Generations United (2014)
ABA Child Law Practice, 33(5)
Assists advocates in helping relative caregivers in understanding how the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) can meet some financial needs when raising children. Answers are provided to questions relating to TANF child-only and family grants, exceptions to requirements on giving up child support rights, receiving funds for nonrelative care, and funding for short-term benefits.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Describes a program that helps low-income households with their home energy bills. Use the map of State agencies for application information.
Online Services for Key Low-Income Benefit Programs: What States Provide Online With Respect to SNAP, TANF, Child Care Assistance, Medicaid, and CHIP (PDF - 938 KB)
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (2011)
Lists State websites, when available, for five low-income benefit programs. The document indicates whether States provide resources such as printable or online applications, screening tools, policies and procedures, and more.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Offers information on applying for food assistance, including eligibility requirements, State hotlines, and an office locator.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) State Programs Information
Office of Family Assistance, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Lists the names of State TANF programs, provides States' telephone numbers and websites to contact for application information, and offers additional information on the TANF program.