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Information current as of May 7, 2013.
Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP)

Children and Family Services, Economic Stability Office

The Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP) provides cash assistance of $222per month for each eligible child who resides with a qualified relative other than a parent.

Do I Qualify for KCSP?

A child may meet the eligibility requirements for both the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP) and Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP) but may only receive assistance in one program.

To receive KCSP for a child, the qualified relative must meet all the conditions listed below:

  • The child must live in the home of one of the following qualified relatives (either biological or adoptive): grandfather or grandmother (extends to great-great-great), brother or sister (including half), uncle or aunt (extends to great-great), stepfather, stepmother, stepbrother, stepsister, first cousin, including first cousin once removed, and nephew or niece (extends to great-great), or the legal spouse of the above-listed relatives.
  • The child must have income of less than $222per month.
  • The child must be under 18 years of age.
  • The child must be a resident of Louisiana.
  • The child must be a citizen of the United States or a qualified alien.
  • The qualified relative must provide proof of immunity or immunization against vaccine-preventable disease for each child under 18 years of age.
  • The qualified relative must possess or obtain within one year of certification, either legal custody or guardianship or provisional custody by mandate of the eligible child who is living in the home. Legal custody or guardianship must be granted by a court and verified through court records or other reliable documents. Provisional custody by mandate is a notarized authorization made by the child´s parent or parents to a person of legal age to provide care, custody, and control of a minor child. Certain requirements must be met for the execution of this document.  Provisional Custody by Mandate is valid for one year or until ended by the parent.
  • The family must have an annual income of less than 150% of the federal poverty threshold, in accordance with the qualified relative's family size. Income from all sources is considered in determination of eligibility.  This includes income from Social Security, Veteran’s benefits, Railroad Retirement, wages and any other regular income.
  • The qualified relative must assign to the state rights to child support from any other person and cooperate with Support Enforcement Services in obtaining child support for the child unless good cause is established.
  • The qualified relative must not have been convicted of or released from incarceration for a felony of possession, use or distribution of a controlled substance within the past year.
  • The qualified relative must furnish or apply for a social security number for the child.
  • The parent(s) of the child must not live in the home of the qualified relative.

How and where do I apply?

Apply online or at any Economic Stability Parish office or  you can call 1-888-LAHELPU (1-888-524-3578) for assistance.

Applicants must be interviewed and provide proof of statements made on the application regarding eligibility. This proof may include a birth or baptismal record to show the child’s age, a copy of the court-awarded custody or guardianship documents or notarial statement, or other documents needed to establish the child’s relationship to the qualified relative.

For more information please visit the Department of Children and Families website.

Contact Information
Ms. Dana Garlington
( 225 ) 342 - 2342
Economic Stability Headquarters
Physical Address
627 N 4th St
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Mailing Address
PO Box 94065
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Primary Phone Number: ( 888 ) 524 - 3578
E-mail: Kim.Matherne@la.gov
Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday - Sunday: Closed