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Curious about Minor Guardianship?

Webinar:  August 20, 2020 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Join us to learn about the new changes to the law that go into effect January 1, 2021.  Minor guardianship law has big changes starting in 2021.  Learn how the new minor guardianship law works and how it affects current non-parental custody orders.

Attendance is limited to the first 500 registrants.

Register by sending an email to:


  • Kay King Administrative Office of the Courts, Office of Guardianship and Elder Services
  • Celeste E. Miller     Statewide Kinship Care Legal Aid Coordinator, King County Bar Association

Questions:  Contact Geene Delaplane at


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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