Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

4.5.7 Start-Up Costs for Children Approved for Kinship Care Prior to April 1, 2013

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Department for Community Based Services
Division of Protection and Permanency
Standards of Practice Online Manual
Chapter:
Chapter 4-Out of Home Care Services (OOHC)
Effective:
4/1/2013
Section:
4.5.7 Start-Up Costs for Children Approved for Kinship Care Prior to April 1, 2013
Version:
2

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Legal Authority/Introduction 

LEGAL AUTHORITY:

Procedure

Effective April 1, 2013, start-up costs are no longer available due to budgetary constraints. 

The SSW: 

  1. With oversight from the Family Services Office Supervisor, approves the amount of start-up costs that may remain to facilitate permanency and notifies identified regional staff of the necessary start-up costs after indicating the need on the DPP-1276;
  2. Pursues and uses other potential funding sources and community resources prior to pursuing a request for start-up costs.

Regional staff:

  1. Issues payment by check directly to a vendor provider for the needed services or items, and follows guidelines for tracking of funds as established in Chapter 30 Services and Supports.

Practice Guidance 

  • Start-up costs for kinship care include providing for an attorney fee, if needed by the caretaker relative in obtaining permanent custody of the child.
  • The total amount of assistance allowed for the kinship care case for start-up costs cannot exceed the maximum amount for the appropriate number of eligible children in the kinship care case as follows:

 Number of Eligible Children  Maximum Payment Amount
 $350
 2  $700
 3  $1,050
 4  $1,400
 5  $1,750
 6 or more  $2,100

 

 

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