COLUMBIA, SC (WCBD) – There is a renewed push across South Carolina to give the same financial support to kinship caregivers as foster families.
A kinship caregiver is a relative or close family friend who takes in a relative’s child after the child is removed from their home.
Right now, foster families get $300 to $500 per month, per child.
Kinship caregivers do not get the same stipend.
A bill set for a final vote in the Statehouse Tuesday aims to change that.
“They want that child to stay out of the foster care system, they’re willing to do whatever it takes to keep that child in the family,” said John Schafer, a grandfather and kinship caregiver.
Under the bill, kinship caregivers who receive stipends would face the same background checks the Department of Social Services requires for foster parents.