On Their Own Terms: Supporting Kinship Care Outside of TANF and Foster Care. Funding Levels


Florida's statewide program, which provides financial payments in addition to case management is the largest program visited, serving over 10,000 children and costing over $25 million annually. Kentucky's child welfare alternative program--also a statewide program with a financial payment component--had an $8 million budget for fiscal year 2000 and serves approximately 2,000 children. The county-wide Denver Grandparents and Kinship Program has a $5.6 million annual budget and serves about 1,400 families. A Second Chance in Pittsburgh has an annual budget of approximately $12 million to provide foster care payments and a wide range of services to an ongoing caseload of more than 700 children and their families. Edgewood's Kinship Support Network--a service-rich program with no financial payment component--has a annual budget of approximately $2.5 million and serves about 400 families annually.

Oklahoma and Kentucky's support group programs are less expensive endeavors and require less funding. Both states started the support groups with $10,000 in foundation funded seed money. At the time of our visit, Oklahoma still had foundation grant support available. Kentucky had exhausted its foundation support, and program costs were being covered by the local Family Resource and Youth Service centers.