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A Support Group Pilot

All kinship caregivers and unpaid family caregivers caring for people of all ages are welcome! Caregivers can learn a lot from other caregivers. A great place to meet fellow caregivers is in a support group. Learn more...

New Minor Guardianship Law Effective January 1, 2021

RCW 11.130

Washington State’s non-parent custody law is ending in 2021 and a new court procedure will be taking its place.

FAQs – This FAQ should not be considered legal advice.  The information provided below is for informational purposes only.  You are advised to consult with an attorney to assist you in determining your options.

The new law is not effective until January 1, 2021.  Information about local court procedures, such as case schedules or local rules and forms, is limited as of the date of this document.  Please check with your local courts for more information.

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18th Annual Voices of Children Contest for Youth and Kinship Caregivers

The 18th Annual Voices of Children Contest is a contest for children in Washington State, who are being raised (now or in the past) by a relative – other than their parents. The contest honors both, the more than 57,000 children, and the more than 47,000 grandparents & relatives in the state who are raising them. Write a poem, short essay or draw a picture that describes how living with a relative has made a positive difference in your life. Prizes include: $100 from Twin Star Credit Union; a gas card; a one-year Discover Parks Pass and a WA State Parks Bucket Journal. Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2021.

See links for more details and the application.

The 1st Annual Voices of Kinship Caregivers Contest is a contest for Kinship Caregivers in Washington State who are raising (now or in the past) a relative child not their own. This contest honors the unique experiences of more than 47,000 grandparents & relative caregivers in Washington State who are Kinship Caregivers. All participating caregivers must live in Washington State. Three winners will be awarded a $50 Amazon gift card.  Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2021. See links for more details.

Are you a grandparent or other family member raising a relative’s child? You are not alone. More than 47,000 individuals in Washington State are caring for one or more relative children (out of a total of 51,000). 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.

grandparents and grandchildrenWhat information do you need today?

  • 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.
  • Benefits and Services - Learn about Kinship Navigators, Financial Help, Child Care, Free or Reduced Price Food, Foster Care Resources for Children with an Intellectual/Developmental Disability, Free Recreational Passes, and more.
  • 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
  • Legal Issues - Legal options, Legal services, and Child support resources
  • Professionals - For professionals, advocates and relatives raising children; kinship care related legislative, policy and public information documents
  • What’s New - Special events and new resources
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