I’m a Kinship Caregiver

Are you a Grandparent or other family member raising a relative child? Support is available to grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles or other relatives raising a  child age 18 or under, whose parents are not present in the home. Relatives with or without a legal relationship to the children in their care may be eligible for support.

The Kinship Navigator Program provides support while helping you embrace the new and unique challenge of being a parent again. We can help relative caregivers understand and navigate the system of services for children in their care. Contact us today to see how we can help you find the support and resources you need. Email our Kinship Navigator at KinshipNavigator@DSHS.wa.gov or 360-759-4317.

Our Kinship Navigator can connect you to:

  • Financial Support
  • Legal Services
  • Support Groups and Counseling
  • Housing and Utility Assistance
  • Education Systems
  • Disability Resources
  • Medical Services
  • Food and Clothing Assistance

We also offer free classes each month for Kinship Caregivers. Check out our Kinship Education Schedule for more information.

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