Kinship Care: KAR
CABINET FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN
Department for Community-Based Services-Division of Policy Development
(New Administrative Regulation)
922 KAR 1:130.
Kinship Care Program.
KRS 205.200(2), (3), 605.120(4), EO 98-731, Section IV., A
AUTHORITY: KRS 194B.050(1), 205.200(2), (3), 605.120(4), 605.150(1), 42
FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 605.120(4) encourages the cabinet to develop
a pilot kinship care project. This administrative regulation establishes
the Kinship Care Program in Kentucky.
Establishing the Program. (1) The Kinship Care Program shall serve a child
(a) In need of
protection and unable to remain in his parental home;
from his parental home for a protection issue;
placement with a caring relative who has been determined by the Cabinet
for Families and Children to be a preferable alternative to placement
with a nonrelative;
(d) At risk of
commitment to the Cabinet for Families and Children due to abuse or
in a nonrelative foster care placement; or
(f) In a
child-only Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (K-TAP) case, with a
prior protection case on record and the relative placement arranged by
(2) This program
Case-management service to each nonparental relative caring for the
child in his home.
(1) A relative
whose home is being considered for placement of a child shall:
(a) Receive an
approved home evaluation by Cabinet for Families and Children staff;
(b) Pass a
criminal record check;
(c) Be free of
a substantiated child or adult abuse or neglect report; and
(d) If there
has been a conviction or substantiation on a charge other than minor
traffic offenses, provide evidence of rehabilitation by submitting a
character reference from:
1. A person
with good standing in the community, not a relative or close friend;
employer or other person able to attest to the person's character. If
rehabilitation has been sufficiently demonstrated, the service region
administrator or his designee shall authorize the evaluation to
continue without prejudice.
completion of the requirement listed in subsection (1) of this section,
the cabinet and the relative shall execute a Statement of Rights and
Responsibilities, incorporated by reference
responsibility of the relative shall include:
in a child support activity pursuant to 42 USC 608(a)(2); and
Participation in an annual eligibility review pursuant to 921 KAR 2:040,
(4) The Cabinet
for Families and Children shall recommend to the court that the caretaker
relative be granted temporary custody of the child.
(5) The Cabinet
for Families and Children shall, after a period of twelve (12) months from
the date of placement:
(a) Review the
(b) Draft a
recommendation to the court regarding permanent custody or guardianship.
Section 3. The
(1) The Kinship
Care Pilot Program shall be initiated on October 1, 1999.
(2) Placement of
a child or sibling group shall be made in a selected pilot county.
placement, if a caretaker relative changes his residence to a county not
included in the selected pilot area, assistance shall continue through
coordination of designated staff between the:
pilot county; and
(b) New county
(4) The cabinet
shall expand the Kinship Care Program, to the extent funding shall be
available, until statewide implementation is completed.
Financial and Eligibility Criteria.
monthly payment scale and child's income limit
shall be as follows:
6 or More
(2) The resource
limit and countable resources of the child shall be the same as a K-TAP
child pursuant to 904 KAR 2:016, Section 2.
(3) Except for
the income limit in subsection (1) of this section, countable income of
the child shall be the same as a K-TAP child pursuant to 904 KAR 2:016,
(4) The child
shall meet technical eligibility requirements pursuant to 904 KAR 2:006.
(5) The child
shall be eligible for payment until the child:
(a) Leaves the
home of the relative; or
attained the age of nineteen (19) and is no longer a full-time student
equivalent level of vocational or technical school.
(6) A one (1)
time start-up amount of up to $500 per child shall be provided for the
purpose of supplying each child's immediate need for:
(d) A deposit
for a larger apartment; or
(e) Other items
or services needed to assist the child in establishing himself in the
new environment, as determined by the Cabinet for Families and Children.
(7) A caretaker
relative shall be excluded from the Kinship Care case.
(8) Income or
resources of a caretaker relative shall be disregarded.
(1) The Cabinet
for Families and Children shall make available to a caretaker relative
(a) A child
care subsidy pursuant to 922 KAR 2:160; and
counseling shall be provided to the child and caretaker relative, if
needed, as determined by the cabinet.
(3) Referral to
an available support group shall be provided for the caretaker relative,
case-management service shall be supplied to the caretaker relative and
child through the Cabinet for Families and Children for a at least twelve
(5) A caretaker
relative shall be referred to available parenting training.
Incorporated by Reference.
Care Program Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (8/99)", is
incorporated by reference.
(2) This material
may be inspected, copied, or obtained at the Cabinet for Families and
Children, 275 East Main Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40621, Monday through
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (26 Ky.R. 293; Am. 624; eff. 9-15-99.)