If you are a kinship carer, a grandparent stepping in as a parent, or someone with guardianship of a non-biological child, you experience unique concerns and issues. The AFAPA is here to assist you as your support children who have become an unexpected member of your immediate family.
Temporary Legal Custody is the legal relationship established by the Juvenile Court of the county of jurisdiction between a person (related or not) or the Department of Human Resources and a child who is not their legal child.
Kinship Guardianship is the legal relationship established by the Juvenile Court of the county of jurisdiction between a relative and the child for whom they provide care.
To implement federal legislation, Alabama passed the Alabama Kinship Guardianship Subsidy Act, effective October 1, 2010. Kinship Guardianship was added to Alabama DHR policy as a permanency plan that can be identified by the Individual Service Plan (ISP) team as the most appropriate plan for children in foster care.
According to the Department of Human Resources, this permanency goal is limited to children who are eligible to receive either foster care maintenance payments and have resided in a fully approved related foster family home for at least six consecutive months. Only after the following case by case determinations have been made on a child, can the permanency goal of kinship guardianship be established:
Grandparents as Parents (GAP) exists to aid the thousands of grandparents in the state of Alabama who are raising their grandchildren and are in need of support, advocacy, and community. Grandparents face unique challenges as they revisit parenthood; they need resources and guidance that address the specific struggles they may face.
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