Kinship Care is a living arrangement where a minor child is residing with a relative.
Can be court ordered or voluntary
State of Wisconsin provides monthly payment for relatives meeting eligibility requirements
Eligibility requirements include:
Social workers are able to show the child would be at risk of abuse or neglect if child remains in parental home
Social workers are able to show child has been abused or neglected by parent
Relative must demonstrate ability to meet the needs of the child
Relative must be able to provide a safe, stable living environment
Criminal background check
The relative and any other adults residing in the home must agree to have a local and state criminal background check completed and in addition to checking into any current or past involvement with Child Protection Services.
Extensive contacts with law enforcement or Child Protection Services by any adult in the home may cause the applicant to be denied Kinship Care funding
A home visit must be conducted to ensure home environment is appropriate and safe for the child
Annual reviews are conducted to ensure the relative continues to meet eligibility requirements
For additional information, contact Human Services at (715) 395-1304.