Becoming a Kinship Caregiver - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

Becoming a Kinship Caregiver

Who can be a kinship caregiver?

Kinship caregivers are family members or those with a significant relationship to the child. Kinship caregivers may not be the biological parents or any person whom has taken private guardianship of the child.

Kinship homes provide care for a specific child and do not accept other children as foster children.

Financial supports are available to help a kinship caregiver with initial set-up costs to provide for a child coming into their home.


Kinship caregivers come from all cultural and social backgrounds and are part of a team that supports the best interests of the child – they’re mentors, caregivers, role models and support systems who will provide a temporary family environment for a child.

To become a child’s kinship caregiver, you will be:

  • at least 18 years of age,
  • willing to have the identified child(ren) placed in their home, and
  • understand and be willing to proceed with the approval process.


Prior to placing a child with a kinship caregiver an initial screening that includes a criminal record check, a child intervention check and a home safety check must be completed. Once these initial checks are done, a child may be placed with the caregiver on the condition that the full application process is satisfactorily completed.

The child’s caseworker will help the applicant complete the application process which consists of:

Application, including:

  • three personal references
  • medical reference
  • criminal record check
  • child intervention record check

Attendance at Orientation to Caregiver Training consisting of eight, three-hour training sessions. These classes will give you an overview of what to expect when caring for a child, such as child development, special needs of children in care and supports provided to kinship care providers.

Completion of an approved home study. The home study determines if the applicant can provide a safe and suitable home for children and addresses a variety of topics such as family history, parenting skills and home safety.

Modified: 2018-02-16
PID: 15440