Relative Guardianship Assistance Program (RGAP)

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The purpose of the Relative Guardianship Assistance Program (RGAP) is to reduce barriers for eligible children and youth in foster care so they can achieve legal permanency when reunification and adoption are not appropriate goals.

  • Based on individual needs
  • By providing assistance to a relative or non-relative guardian/legal custodian in a defined and limited manner  

Federal law requires that when relatives/kinship are informed about their option to be a resource to the child/youth, option for certification, etc. they must be informed that RGAP is a potential option.

  • Reunification/adoption must be ruled out      
  • Significant relationship with the prospective guardian

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