Fostering Connections Resource Center

Michigan's Guardianship Assistance Program

The Michigan Department of Human Services is the fourth state in the nation to receive an approved state plan amendment for the Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program (Kin-GAP). Michigan had enacted state legislation authorizing guardianship for children and youth exiting foster care in August 2008, just months before the passage of Fostering Connections. The state legislation was an integral part of their efforts to achieve permanency for children in foster care. State officials credit the passage of the state legislation with common sense arguments about how guardianship can help more children and youth achieve permanency instead of staying in foster care until they turn 18. Michigan's strong kinship network and the stories of youth in foster care also helped make the case for subsidized guardianship legislation.


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