Kinship Caregivers are relatives raising one or more relative children whose parents are not present in the home. Kinship caregivers may be grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, or other members of the family related by blood or marriage. Relatives with or without a legal relationship to the child(ren) in their care may be eligible for support.

Common Questions

I am raising a child that is not related by blood or marriage. Am I eligible for Kinship Services?+
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Our Kinship Program serves residents of Clark, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum, Skamania, and Klickitat Counties in Washington State. If you live outside of this area, a Kinship Program may still be available to you. Contact the Kinship Navigator and they will help you find the Navigator or Specialist that serves your area.

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Here to Help

At the Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities of Southwest Washington (AAADSW), we strive to connect Kinship Caregivers to a full range of free and other community resources. Our knowledgeable and dedicated staff are committed to providing you with the information, assistance, and support you need to continue caring for your Kinship Kid(s). We strive to offer choices, improve your quality of life, and respect you and the child(ren) you care for.

Service Highlights

Services we provide or may be able to connect you to include: 

  • Financial support
  • Legal services
  • Navigating school systems
  • Accessing special education
  • Holiday gift programs/food baskets
  • Support groups
  • Counseling
  • Presentations and Training
  • Passes to events or attractions (when available)
  • Parents Again newsletter
Some services have eligibility requirements in addition to being a Kinship Caregiver.

Kinship Caregiver Support Group

Online support group for kinship caregivers. It offers caregivers a place to connect with other caregivers; talk about issues and coping skills; share feelings, needs, and concerns; and learn about community resources.

Meets online (via Zoom) on the second Wednesday of every month and in person on the fourth Wednesday of every month. To register, email the Kinship Navigator at

For More Information Contact:

Kinship Navigator
(360) 759-4317

Support, Training, & Resources

Legal and Custody Resources

Consent Forms

Family Activity Ideas

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