Common QuestionsI’m taking care of a relative’s child. What kind of benefits can I get?
For those taking care of a relative's child at the request of the child's parent(s) and the parent(s) are unable to pay for their child's basic needs, there may be some support available to you.
Good starting points include:
- The Extended Family Program, from the Ministry for Children and Families, describes services and financial supports if you are taking care of a relative's child.
- Your Welfare Rights: A Guide to BC Employment and Assistance, from the Legal Services Society, has information about benefits if you are taking care of a relative's child. See the section "Child in the Home of a Relative benefits."
- Benefits for grandparents and other relatives raising children, from the Legal Services Society, is a fact sheet that contains information for grandparents or other relatives raising a relative's child. It explains the kinds of government benefits they may get and under what circumstances. It also provides links to other sites that explain how and where to apply for these benefits.
- If you are a grandparent raising your grandchild, also see I am a grandparent raising my grandchild. What are my rights and what kind of benefits can I receive?
Need more help?
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Line, from Parent Support Services Society of BC, has a toll-free line providing assistance to grandparents and other relatives raising children full-time in their homes in BC. They help you with advocacy around kinship care benefits (including Extended Family Program, CIHR, and government benefits).
- Find an Advocate, from PovNet, provides a list of community advocates who may be able to provide information or assistance regarding government benefits.
- Find more help near you on Clicklaw HelpMap.
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