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Minnesota State Information

In Minnesota, approximately over 47,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers. Additionally, over 17,000 grandparents reported having their grandchildren living with them. Minnesota Statute 260C.212 allows for children removed from their parents to primarily be placed with relatives.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services offers financial assistance to kinship care families through a “child only grant” that is temporary cash assistance based on only the child’s income. Kinship care families are also eligible to receive food stamps to assist in the child or children’s nutrition. Children in kinship care families may also be eligible for health care through “MinnesotaCare.” Kinship caregivers, who meet the requirements, may also be eligible for medical benefits through Medicaid.

Minnesota offers a diverse range of services, support, and assistance for kinship care families. Through public and private partnerships the state has been able to place many children with relatives, and prevent their entrance into the foster system.

By the Numbers
  • Over 47,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers.
  • Over 17,000 grandparents report having their grandchildren living with them.
Grandparent Visitation

Download the Grandparent Visitation information here (current as of 8/1/11)

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