Kinship Care Services

Safe Haven's Commitment to Kinship Care

Safe Haven supports the concept of children residing with a relative or non-relative rather than being placed in a foster home or other out-of-home placement. We understand the hardship and challenges that come with such a commitment of providing for a loved one.

Benefit of Fostering with Safe Haven

Safe Haven provides kinship caregivers with monthly support groups, training, coordinated respite care services and immediate access to an on-call case manager for after-hours emergencies.

Support Services for Children in Care

A daily reimbursement is paid to kinship caregivers to assist with the child’s monthly expenses. The reimbursement is intended to help with clothing, food, personal hygiene products, and a personal allowance for the child and gifts for the child for occasions like birthdays. Kinship caregivers are not paid. The reimbursement is for the child’s needs. In addition to that service, health care, case management and in-home counseling services are available to the children as well.

Requirments to Become a Kinship Caregiver

Safe Haven strives to provide a seamless and convenient verification process for kinship caregivers. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, have sufficient income to meet their own basic needs, and be in good physical, emotional and mental health. A kinship caregiver can be single, married, divorced, or widowed. Kinship Caregiver applicants must be committed to provide the child with positive forms of discipline and cannot use physical punishment of any kind. The Kinship Care verification process with Safe Haven typically takes about two months.

Attend an Orientation Meeting

During New Family Orientation you will learn about becoming a foster parent, kinship caregiver, and/or adoptive family. We offer New Family Orientation Meetings each month. Click here to sign up for the next meeting in your area.

Steps to Verification

• Contact our office near you
• Attend a One-day New Family Orientation Meeting & Pre-Qualification Assessment
• Submit a New Family Application Form and all required personal documents
• Submit to Criminal History Checks (i.e. DPS, DFPS  Central Registry, and FBI)
• Complete a Two-week Pre-Services Training Session
• Participate in a home study interview session (including all household members)

Why Kinship Care?

Kinship Care is a program designed to maintain family connections and help support a child who resides with either a relative or non-relative temporarily or long term. Commonly kinship caregivers are an adult siblings, cousin, nephew, niece, uncle, aunt, grandparent, family friend or teacher

To find out if you qualify or to get further information about becoming a licensed Kinship Caregiver,

call  713-988-7233.