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Kinship Caregivers - Legal and Custodial Information Fact Sheets

The purpose of this guide is to provide Kinship Care Fact Sheets that may help you understand the legal system.

It is not the purpose of the Kinship Care Fact Sheets to give legal advice, but, to educate you about the system. Only an attorney can give you legal advice. You must determine what the best route is for you and your family. No matter what, the decision on how to proceed is yours.

As you review the Fact Sheets, you will see that under certain circumstance it may be more important to have an attorney. Look for an attorney with experience in abuse and neglect law, custody and adoption. You should also ask if they know about programs that might assist your family such as Social Security or state subsidies and their fees. If you cannot afford to pay for an attorney, there are some resources that may be available to you.

Legal and Custodial Information Fact Sheets