This program is specially designed to assist adults age 60+ who care for children in their homes age 18 and younger. Caregiver and child work with a specially trained care manager to design a care plan which meets the family’s care giving needs. Referrals may come from many sources, including schools, social service agencies, hospitals, and individuals.
A grandparent, step-grandparent of a child, or a relative of a child by blood or marriage, who is:
60 years of age or older
Is the primary caregiver of the child because the biological or adoptive parents are unable or unwilling to serve as the primary caregiver of the child
Has a legal relationship to the child, such as legal custody or guardianship, or is raising the child informally
Lives with the child
The child must be 18 years of age or younger
The household income must not exceed 380% of the poverty level
This program offers 5 basic services to caregivers:
Aids caregivers in gaining access to services
Individual counseling, organization of support groups, and training caregivers to assist them in making decisions and solving problems relating to their care giving roles
Information to caregivers about available services for both the caregiver and the child
Reimbursements for respite care to enable caregivers to be temporarily relieved from their care giving responsibilities
Reimbursements for services or supplies, on a limited basis, to complement the care provided by caregivers
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