Relatives play an essential role in helping to meet the needs of children who are unable to live with their parents. The connection to family, relatives, and community is important to a growing child:
- Children can live with people they already know and trust.
- Children can maintain their personal and cultural identity.
- Families learn to rely on their own resources and strengths.
- Relatives participate as responsible and integral members of the child and family's support team.
Relatives not closely related to a child may need to be licensed. Contact your local office for information.