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Kinship caregivers are relatives, friends, neighbors and other people with a significant relationship to the child, youth or family. Kinship caregivers provide care and protection to children and youth who cannot remain safely in their home due to issues including:
As kinship caregivers, you are not alone. You are a member of a large and growing community of caring people in Colorado.
CDHS partners with a local law firm to offer free legal services for adoption to kinship caregivers in the Metro Denver area. To qualify, caregivers:
Other eligibility criteria include:
Kinship caregivers not eligible for the Kinship Adoption Project may contact their local Colorado Legal Services office or Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center.
The primary differences between Kinship Family Foster Care and Non-Certified Kinship Care are identified below. The county department will address any other requirements.