Kin in Care Service is when a child or youth is placed in Interim or Extended Society Care, but placed with a family member. In kin in care servuce, the caregiver is assessed and licensed the same as a resource/foster parent would be assessed/licensed and provided the same supports. The child or youth’s legal guardian is the Halton Children’s Aid Society.
Children and youth are placed in kin in care if the caregiver feels the child or youth’s needs are great and they would need extra financial or other supports to care for them. Kin in care can be considered a permanent plan for the child or youth, especially if their needs are great. It can also be a step to a kinship adoption. Kin in care caregivers are required to follow the same pre-service training (PRIDE) and assessment process as do resource/foster parents. They also receive ongoing support through a Resource Worker.