Legal Options and Arrangements
The role of a kinship caregiver can be overwhelming and time-consuming, detouring caregivers from exploring their legal options and considering court involvement for the children they are raising. Formal legal arrangements may not be the best option for every kinship care family; however, formal legal arrangements can provide valuable resources and a sense of permanency and security for caregivers and their children. Navigators can help kinship families consider some important questions to help them decide whether they want to ask a court for formal legal authority to continue caring for their children. Through collaboration with a local Legal Aid office or law firm, caregivers may receive services at no cost or on a sliding fee scale based on your income.