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WHAT Provides free legal advice to grandparents and other family members who are caring for grandchildren when parents are no longer able to.
WHYTo prevent grandchildren from entering foster care. Kinship care may offer children greater stability than living with non-relatives.
WHEREBet Tzedek – The House of Justice.
Kirsten Albrecht - Directing Attorney.
Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Program Description

“Caregivers with informal authority may have physical custody of the child, but have limited rights to make decisions regarding the child. A grandparent may find it difficult to consent to medical procedures for the child, or to enroll the child in school. Additionally, the grandparent may not be eligible for as much financial assistance from the state and federal governments, and the type of care of assistance and medical care may be limited in scope." 'Caring for a Relative’s Child: A Guide for Kinship Caregivers in Los Angeles County'” by Bet Tzedek Legal Services.

The Kinship Care Project serves poor and struggling grandparents and families by providing decent housing, education, and health care to children of relatives under their care.

Caring for a child of a relative can range from informal custody, adoption or legal guardianship.

The Kinship Care Project can help by providing grandparents and family caregivers with the following support and ensuring that:

-Grandparent rights are met.
-Assists with guardianship.
-All available government benefits and financial assistance is accessed.
-Health care assistance is provided.
-Rights to decent and safe housing are preserved.

A comprehensive guide for relative caregivers, Caring for a Relative’s Child is available through the organization.

Bet Tzedek offers additional legal resources to families, including housing, will preparation and other matters to meet the needs of Los Angeles’s senior citizens and families taking care of relative children.


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