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.
- Education Affidavit:
Assists relative caregivers with enrolling child in school.
Allows relative caregivers to advocate for child in school matters.
Access affidavit online.