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Washington State Information

In Washington, approximately over 85,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers. Additionally, over 35,000 grandparents reported having their grandchildren living with them.

The Washington State Department of Social & Health Services currently offers financial assistance to kinship care families through TANF funding and a child only grant; however, the nature of the child only grant will change as of November 2011. Currently child only grants are based only on the income and finances of the child, but in November 2011 the caregiver’s income will also be considered when awarding a child only grant. The State, through its new kinship care website, outlines the various programs for kinship care families by county. Other nonprofit organizations across the state are constantly working to support kinship care families and advocacy.

Washington 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 85,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers.
  • Over 35,000 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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