Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

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Assigned Child Support for the Kinship Care Program

Kinship Care is a program to help support a child who lives outside their home, either temporarily or long-term.

If you are in the Kinship Care Program:

  • All support is assigned to the state
  • A Life of Case Review is done at the end of each month
    • The Life of Case Review compares the total amount of child support paid to the total amount of Kinship Care grants received.
    • If the child support payments paid in a month add up to more than the Kinship Care grants paid, you receive the difference.

Examples:

  • You started Kinship Care on June 1.
  • In June, you get a $232 Kinship Care grant. Child Support paid was $200.
  • At the end of June, the Life of Case review shows that the child support paid ($200) was less than the Kinship Care grant ($232).
  • You will not get any child support in June.
  • You started Kinship Care on June 1.
  • In June, you get a $232 Kinship Care grant. Child Support paid was $300.
  • At the end of June, the Life of Case review shows that the child support paid ($300) was greater than the Kinship Care grant ($232).
  • You will receive a check for the difference. ($68).

 

If you are interested in more information about Kinship Care for a child you are caring for, contact the Kinship Care Coordinator in your county.

Questions Parents Ask when the child is placed outside the home