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Kinship Care In Washington State

Are you a grandparent or other family member raising a relative’s child? You are not alone. Over 35,000 people in Washington State are caring for a relative’s child.

The financial, legal, and emotional issues of raising a relative’s child can be challenging. Services and support when raising a relative’s child can be a lifesaver.

Getting answers to questions and finding services, programs, and support can be confusing and overwhelming. We are here to help.

What information do you need today?

Benefits and Services

Click here to learn about changes in Child Care (WCCC) and Financial Assistance (TANF) benefits.

Financial Help, Child care, Free or Reduced Price food, Foster Care Resources, and the Family Health Hotline

Health Care

Applying for Children’s Health Coverage, Finding Dental Care, Mental Health Services, Drug and Alcohol Services, Informed Consent for Medical and Mental Health Services, and Resources for Children with Disabilities

Raising Children Today

Information and Training, Raising a Child with Special Needs, Raising a Child of a Substance Abuser, and Mentoring Children

Legal Issues

Legal options, Legal services, and Child support resources

Kinship Navigators, Resource Persons and Support Groups

Find your local contact information for support groups, Kinship Navigators and resource persons who are there to support you and other grandparents and relatives raising children.


For professionals, advocates and relatives raising children; kinship care related legislative, policy and public information documents


Kinship publications, websites, book

What’s New

Special events and new resources: