Help for you and the children in your care.
When parents become unwilling or unable to care for their children, grandparents, other family members, or close family friends often step up. For the first time, legal, financial, and therapeutic resources available for foster parents are available to kin caregivers. If you live in New Mexico and are raising the child of a family member or friend—sign up now. All services are provided free of charge. You do not need to be a relative or have legal guardianship to qualify. Explore this website for more details, and use the link below to request free services.
What Kind Of Services Are Provided?
- Assistance in determining the family’s needs and what services they may be eligible to receive from nonprofit, local, state, and national sources.
- Education related to kinship care, such as caregiving, self-care, mental health, legal assistance, social media, current technologies, child development, childhood trauma, financial planning, taxes, cultural competency,
- Assistance in completing guardianship packets to help caregivers register children for school and apply for medical services.
- Collaboration with civil legal service providers to refer caregivers to legal services as appropriate in relation to: obtaining guardianship or custody orders; child/Parent visitation; public benefits and financial matters; assistance with negotiations; housing; culturally appropriate legal services to immigrant caregivers
- Access to federal, state, and local benefits including, but not limited to: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); WIC; Supplemental Security Income (SSI); Housing Authority; Income Support Division; Medicaid; Child Support; Respite Care; Guardianship Assistance; Legal Assistance; Child Care Assistance; Education.
- Therapeutic services, in-house or community-based, Behavioral Management Services, Case Management, Peer Support Services, and Individual and Family therapy.