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Idaho KinCare Resources                                              

A KinCare provider is a grandparent or other family member raising a relative’s child. KinCare placements may be made formally through a social service agency but are more frequently arranged without formal intervention, usually occurring when family members voluntarily take the children into their homes to keep them safe in times of family crisis. This arrangement can be challenging from legal, financial, and emotional standpoints. If you are one of the 10,000 KinCare providers in Idaho, you are not alone and there is support available for you in the community. Please view the following videos.

The first video is an Introduction to KinCare in Idaho:


This video highlights the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's position on KinCare in Idaho:





Watch a KLEW tv newsclip of a Grangeville kincare family


Select from the links below to find more information about KinCare issues.


DATES ADDED! Elaine K. Williams - May 1st and 2nd, 2014

Renowned Kinship speaker and author Elaine K. Williams will give a presentation on current issues surrounding KinCare families, including talking about “When Helping Becomes Enabling.” For more information, view the flyer below:

Elaine K. Williams Announcement



Community Resources

Information about financial assistance, health and dental insurance, early childhood education, intervention services for developmentally and physically disabled children, and food assistance programs

Legal Resources

Information about custodial arrangements, legal actions, legal forms, and legal services

Statewide KinCare Support Groups

Information about local support groups

KinCare Resource Directory

Links to websites and information relevant to kincare providers


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