This SOP applies to placements made prior to April 1, 2019
In October 2017, the federal court made a ruling (D.O. v. Glisson) that requires the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) to pay relatives and fictive kin raising kin children a foster care payment. This is a temporary payment for families and should not be considered as a long-term support.
For placements made after April 1, 2019, SOP 4.10.4 Relative Foster Home is followed.
Foster care payments under this ruling can be made to relatives or fictive kin per the following eligibility requirements:
- There is a DPP-1277 Safety Check and Review;
- The child must currently be in Kentucky’s CHFS custody or was previously in Kentucky’s CHFS custody for the current removal episode prior to the relative or fictive kin receiving temporary custody; and
- The relative or fictive kin has not yet obtained permanent custody through a DNA-9 (permanent custody order). This includes cases that are currently closed.
For active cases, D.O. v. Glisson foster care payments for eligible relatives and fictive kin will begin the date CHFS was awarded custody and the child was placed with the relative or fictive kin. For inactive cases, payments begin the date the relative or fictive kin contacted the kinship support hotline to inquire about payment eligibility. Payments are the same rate as the DCBS resource parent daily rate (currently $24.10 if child is under age twelve (12), and $26.20 if child is age twelve (12) and over).