The Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment program (Kin-GAP) is a new permanency option for children in long-term foster care placements with relative caregivers and in certain instances non related caregivers that have established a familial relationship with the child.  To be eligible to receive a Kin-GAP payment all of the following conditions must be met:

  • The child was a dependent of the Juvenile Court placed with the relative for at least 6 consecutive months before the guardianship was ordered by the Juvenile Court and before dependency was dismissed.
  • The social worker assessed the relative caregiver and determined that he or she no longer needed the supervision of a social worker or the Juvenile Court and was ready and able to leave the foster care system.
  • The relative guardianship was ordered by the Juvenile Court.
  • The juvenile court dependency was dismissed on or after January 1, 2000.
  • The child is a US citizen, US national or has lawful immigration status.

Kin-GAP payments equal to the basic family home rate for the county in which the child resides.