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Types of Kinship Care
In Maryland, a person assuming care of a relative’s child is referred to as a kinship caregiver. There are two types of kinship care; formal & informal. In the case of Formal Kinship Care, the child has come to the attention of the State and is now in the custody of the State but is placed with a relative. In Informal Kinship Care, the child's parent(s) voluntarily placed the child in the care of a relative by blood or marriage. Legal custody is not required.
A kinship care giver must be related by blood or marriage within five degrees of consanguinity or affinity.
Read the Law: MD Code, Family Law § 5-534
Read the Regulations: COMAR 13A.08.05.00
If you provide care for a relative child - for 24 hours a day, seven days a week - there are benefits that you may be eligible to receive.
For more information, visit MD Dept Human Resources Kinship Care.
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