Kinship Care

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Are you raising a child of another family member or a family friend?

Then you might be what we refer to as a Kinship Caregiver. Here are two videos that will tell you more about the kinship community and resources available to you.



grandparents and grandchildrenKinship Navigators or Resource Persons

Kinship Navigators are people whose job is to help you “navigate” through the system. They will talk with you and help you find local services and programs. Currently, Kinship Navigators are available to answer questions for relatives who live in 39 counties. In some other communities, Resource Persons who are support group leaders or provide other kinship services are available to help you. You can see Washington State's Kinship and Tribal Navigators Serving Grandparents and Relatives Raising Children or go to the Kinship Care Services listing to find your Kinship Navigators or Resource Persons.

What information do you need today?

  • Tribal Kinship Navigator Program - DSHS Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) is committed to partnering with tribes in Washington to achieve mutual goals between sovereign governments. By developing partnerships with tribes, existing Long-Term Services and Support partners and providers such as state and local government and private contractors, we believe the goal of comprehensive, culturally appropriate service delivery can be achieved.

  • 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
  • Kinship Navigator Case Management - Access our research documents for the three pilot-sites, and training videos for the case management pilot
  • Publications
  • Kinship Reference Guide Handouts - Statewide resources for caregivers on topics including healthcare, mental health, basic needs, and education

New Legal Assistance for Kinship Caregivers

Legal Advice and Referral for Kinship Care (LAARK)

LAARK is a statewide legal advice program that is housed at the King County Bar Association. The program provides free legal advice to kinship caregivers in Washington on matters related to the children in their care. Topics include minor guardianship, the child welfare system, education, housing, and public benefits.

LAARK lawyers offer free legal advice and referrals to kinship caregivers over the phone. LAARK does not assist people who are not kinship caregivers. LAARK is open to Washington state kinship caregivers and caregivers living outside the state who have legal disputes in Washington.

LAARK does not represent caregivers in court. There is no income restriction for LAARK.

Apply online at LAARK’s website, or call the LAARK voicemail and leave a message at 206-267-7075.