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Advocate Tip:  Permanency Care Assistance

In some CPS cases, obtaining permanency for children does not involve reunification or adoption. For some children permanency can be achieved through the transfer of Permanent Managing Conservatorship to a kinship caregiver. For the kinship placements who are willing to care for children long term without adopting, the Permanency Care Assistance Program can be a viable option.

Who is eligible?

Kinship caregivers are eligible for the Permanency Care Assistance Program in situations where children cannot be returned to their parents care and for whom adoption is not part of the Permanency Plan. Kinship caregivers are required to become verified foster care parents for the children in their care and must have the children placed in their home for at least six months prior to having conservatorship of the children transferred to them. The children and caregivers must have a strong attachment, and the caregiver must be willing to care for the children permanently. Caregivers must also be willing to negotiate, sign, and abide by the Permanency Care Agreement prior to having conservatorship transferred to them.

What are the benefits?

Once the kinship caregiver has been verified as a foster parent for the children, they are eligible to receive foster care reimbursement payments. This means that the caregiver can receive the same payment that a non-relative foster home would receive for caring for the children. The amount of the reimbursement is based on the child’s individual level of care. Once Permanent Managing Conservatorship of the children has been transferred to the caregiver, they will be eligible to receive Permanency Care Assistance payments monthly. These payment amounts will be negotiated prior to the transfer of conservatorship of the children and are also based on the child’s individual level of care at the time the agreement is signed. For children between the ages of 16 and 18 years old when the agreement is signed, monthly assistance payments can be received until the child turns 21, provided certain educational or vocational requirements are being met. Other benefits include college tuition waivers for the children, the ability to continue to receive child support payments from the parents, and the ability to continue to receive Social Security benefits.

  1. List three requirements for kinship caregivers to be eligible for the Permanency Care Assistance Program.
  2. True or False. All kinship caregivers can receive foster care reimbursement payments.
  3. What are some of the benefits of the Permanency Care Assistance Program? 

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