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 and informal.
- 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.
- 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 caregiver 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: Code of Maryland Regulations 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.
- Food Stamps
- Child Care
- Social Security Benefits
- Medical Assistance
- Temporary cash assistance grant
Your local Department of Social Services can provide more information about benefits.
Consent of Health Care Affidavit:
Provides relative caregivers with documentation to make medical decisions for the child.
Contact your local health department or local social services department for this form.
Medical Information Sheet:
Useful tool to gather and organize information about the child.
Access information sheet online.
Assists relative caregivers with enrolling child in school.
Allows relative caregivers to advocate for child in school matters.
Access affidavit online.