Bridge Kinship Resources

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There are some basic differences between Bridge traditional resources and Bridge kinship resources. Traditional resource parents provide care and nurturing to children by taking them into their homes for a limited or a more long-term period of time, without knowing the children or their families beforehand. Kinship resource parents provide care for children they are related to who require out-of-home placement. Non-relative kinship resource parents provide care for children with whom they have a bond or emotional connection that existed prior to the children being taken into DHS custody. In both instances, traditional or kinship, individuals apply to DHS to become resource parents.

The following points help to distinguish kinship resources from traditional resources:

  • Are you related to the child placed in your home by blood, marriage, or adoption? Did you know the child and parents before he or she was placed in DHS custody? If so, you are providing kinship care.
  • Because you are providing kinship care, the child was able to be placed in your home before you were fully approved as a resource home. Placement of the child in your home was allowed to prevent the child from staying in a shelter or being placed with individuals he or she did not know.
  • Even though the child was placed in your kinship home before full approval, you are not eligible to receive a monthly maintenance payment for the child until:
    • The full integrated assessment has been approved and signed by the supervisor
    • Fingerprint results for all individuals 18 years or older residing in the home have been received and reviewed
    • DHS-approved of pre-service training has been completed
    • A contract has been signed by the resource parents

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