Nevada State Information

In Nevada, approximately over 44,500 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers. Additionally, over 18,000 grandparents reported having their grandchildren living with them. It is estimated that 19,000 children live in kinship care with no parents in the home (Annie E. Casey, 2012).

The Nevada Division of Child & Family Services recognizes kinship care as the primary alternative to parental care of a child. The state allows fictive relatives to be considered as a kinship care family. A fictive relative is a person who is not related to the child by blood or marriage, but has played a significant role in a child’s life and is willing to care for his or her needs. Relative’s and fictive kin caring for a child in foster care are eligible to become licensed caregivers and receive foster care reimbursement. 

After the passage of Nevada Assembly Bill 15 in 2001, informal kinship care families were granted the ability to receive state the financial assistance. Bill 15 created the subsidized guardianship program, which provides relatives, who are over the age of 62 and are caring for a child, to receive financial assistance equal to that of the foster care amount through TANF funds. The state is in need of advocacy for a bill that would cover a broader range of kinship care families.

Nevada 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 44,500 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers.
  • Over 18,000 grandparents report having their grandchildren living with them.
  • 19,000 children live with relatives or fictive kin with no parent in the home.

For more information, or to participate in Nevada State advocacy, visit or  call 702-546-9988. 

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