Kinship Care Student Registration

Informal kinship care is a living arrangement caused by serious family hardship in which a relative of a child, who is not in the care, custody, or guardianship of the local department of social services, provides for the care and custody of the child.  The informal kinship care giver must be a “relative” of the child, meaning an adult related to the child by blood or marriage.  Any questions, please contact Ms. Irene Posey, Supervising Pupil Personnel Worker, at iposey@ccboe.com or 301-934-7326.

Eligible hardship situations and the enrollment process.

If the child does not meet the definitions for homelessness, informal kinship care should be the next option. Informal kinship care allows non-parent relatives to enroll a child if the child is living with them due to a serious family hardship.

Many caretakers who have had difficulty enrolling children will fall into this category. Laws concerning documentation of the hardships have changed to make it easier for non-parents to enroll children under this process.

Definition:
“Informal kinship care” is a living arrangement caused by a serious family hardship in which a relative of a child, who is not in the care, custody, or guardianship of the local department of social services, provides for the care and custody of the child. MD Education Article §7-101; COMAR 13A.08.05.01 (8)(2). The informal kinship care giver must be a “relative” of the child, meaning an adult related to the child by blood or marriage.

The eligible hardships are:

  • Death of a parent or guardian
  • Serious illness of a parent or guardian
  • Drug addiction of a parent or guardian
  • Incarceration of a parent or guardian
  • Abandonment by a parent or guardian
  • Assignment of a parent or guardian to active duty military service

Enrollment Process:
To enroll a child in school you need TWO things: an affidavit and documentation of the hardship that led to the need for informal kinship care. Under the recently passed law, schools are required to enroll a child in kinship care immediately, even if documentation of the hardship is not available. Schools may request doc­ umentation of the hardship after the child is enrolled.