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Relatives and friends are the most natural resources there are to help and support bio-parents and children in need of out-of-home care. Therefore, DHHS is required by law to find and contact relatives and other people with close connections to the family when a child enters state custody.
Kinship & Relative caregivers have a connection to this family that none of the professionals have. This connection is real and important, even if they “haven’t talked in ages.’”
Because of the connection to the family, a Relative or Kinship home may:

  •  Best meet the child’s needs.
  •  Maintain better connections to the child’s family.
  •  Offer the permanency the child might need.


For Relatives, please look at the Online Foster Parent Training available on the DHHS website. It will take approximately 5 hours to complete all the modules to help in getting you licensed as a Relative Foster Home (Those who are related to the child by blood, marriage or adoption).