Relative/Kinship Foster Care

Individuals who accept into their care the child of another family member or friend play the important role of kinship caregivers.  Kinship caregivers provide a way for children to stay connected with their biological family even when they cannot live with their birth parents.

At DePelchin, we are committed to helping kinship caregivers provide the best care for their families. One way we do this is by guiding kinship caregivers along the path to becoming a kinship foster family.  As a kinship foster family, kinship caregivers will qualify to receive the financial support they need to care for the children in their home. 


To become a kinship foster family, kinship caregivers should meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be in good physical health
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Be able to provide for a child financially 

Becoming a Kinship Foster Family with DePelchin

The steps to becoming a kinship foster family include the following:

  1. Contact DePelchin Children’s Center
  2. Attend an informational orientation session
  3. Submit a complete application and other documentation
  4. Complete a two-day PRIDE training and other classes
  5. Participate in a home study
  6. Receive approval to be a verified foster home

Contact Us

If you are interested in becoming a kinship foster family, contact us at or 713-802-6200.

For additional information, visit our FAQs page.