A kinship caregiver is a relative who is raising the child of another family member. The most common example is a grandparent raising a grandchild. Another kind of kinship caregiver is a non-relative that the child considers to be a family member. Even if that person is not a blood relative, they can still be a kinship caregiver.
Kinship care arrangements can be informal or formal. An informal kinship care arrangement does not involve the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR). For a formal kinship arrangement, the relatives are certified foster parents for a child in state custody.