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“I don't have to worry about how I'm going to care for these children...”
— Brenda, kinship foster parent

Kinship Care

You stepped forward to help the children, now let us help you...

Nearly half the children who enter Arizona foster care are placed with relatives, also known as kinship caregivers. At AASK we are keenly aware of the special challenges kinship caregivers face and are committed to helping you help all the children in your home.

Assuming sudden responsibility for a child under such circumstances can be overwhelming. Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK) is committed to helping kinship caregivers who step up to help a child.

Enrolling in the AASK foster care licensing program gives you access to a wide range of resources and family support groups. The AASK Kinship Team will guide you through the bureaucratic maze, exploring options for short-term financial assistance through state government programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that replaced food stamps. We have helped thousands of kinship caregivers get the help they need.

The Importance of Family

The benefits of placing a child with relatives are clear. Research shows children living with kinship caregivers are less likely to have mental health issues or use psychotropic medication. They are at lower risk of having behavioral problems or trouble in school.

The benefits of licensure for kinship caregivers are equally as clear. Licensure makes you eligible for state monthly reimbursements of up to $878 a month per child. Licensed kinship caregivers can also get help with child care, transportation and even high school graduation expenses.

Perhaps more importantly, by becoming a licensed kinship care family through AASK, you gain a system-savvy partner with more than 30 years’ experience. Our dedicated kinship caregiver unit helps you navigate the courts, schools and behavioral health care system. We offer ongoing education and support.

You were there to help a child. We are there to help you.

If you are interested in becoming a licensed kinship family, please take the next steps to learn more.

Learn more

–    Quick Help for Kinship Families
–    Helpful Advice