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.

New Minor Guardianship Law Effective January 1, 2021

RCW 11.130

Washington State’s non-parent custody law ended and a new court procedure took its place in 2021.

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.

Please check with your local courts for more information.

Helpful links:


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
  • Newsletters
  • Publications