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Kinship care is full time care of children by relatives, family friends or any adult who has a strong bond with the child. When birth parents are no longer able to care for their children, it can be extremely beneficial for the children to become foster children with a relative or family friend. Because the children stay with a loving adult they already know and trust, this type of kinship foster care provides much-needed stability and comfort during very difficult times.
Every year in Maricopa County, thousands of grandparents, aunts and uncles, older siblings and family friends assume the role of foster parent and provide day-to-day care for these children. AASK’s kinship care program provides services and resources for relatives tasked with this important role.
You stepped forward to help them, now let us help you...
We understand the challenges that kinship caregivers and relatives undertake and the sacrifices you make. AASK is here to support you. Our goal is to ensure that all kinship caregivers are successful foster parents. Through our kinship care program, you will have access to a wide-range of family support groups and resources designed specifically for relatives and other adults providing kinship care.
Your AASK Family Specialist will help you qualify for a monthly care reimbursement from the state, as well as advocate on your behalf and become a valuable support system for you. We will help you navigate the court system, behavioral health care and schools, and accompany you to kinship care meetings as needed.
By becoming a licensed kinship care family through AASK, you will have access to financial support, education and on-going support services from your AASK Family Specialist to help you and the children in your care start a new and successful life together.
If you are interested in becoming a licensed kinship family, please take the next steps to learn more.