Extended Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program
FEDERALLY SUBSIDIZED KIN-GAP
- For youth eligible to receive federal foster care benefits while in foster care
- Prospective guardian and child welfare agency must execute the negotiated Voluntary Placement Agreement prior to the date when the court orders the guardianship
STATE SUBSIDIZED KIN-GAP
- For non-federally-eligible youth placed by juvenile court in an approved home of a CalWORKs funded relative
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR KIN-GAP FOR MINORS
- Youth must have been declared a dependent of the juvenile court.
- Youth must reside with an approved relative guardian for at least 6 consecutive months or a have voluntary placement agreement.
- Youth must have a kinship guardianship established with that relative by juvenile court.
- Youth must have his/her court case dismissed by either the dependency court or the delinquency court at the same time or subsequent to the establishment of the guardianship.
- The relative guardian and the county agency (or Indian tribe) must negotiate and enter into a written, Kin-GAP agreement setting forth the amount of payment. (Note: This agreement does not have to be completed prior to the court ordering guardianship for purposes of eligibility for the state Kin-GAP program).
KIN-GAP BEYOND AGE 18
more information in AB 12 primer
For more information about how AB 12 affected Kin-GAP, including information on the Kin-GAP benefit amount, refer to the AB 12 Primer section on Kin-GAP.
Re-Entering Foster Care for Youth in Guardianships
If the legal guardian of a youth’s whose receiving extended Kin-GAP payments under the state or federal Kin-GAP or as a Non-Related Legal Guardian whose guardianship was established in dependency court, dies prior to the youth reaching 21, or the youth’s guardian is no longer providing ongoing support to, and is no longer receiving payment on behalf of the youth, the youth can petition the court to enter extended foster care.