Kinship Caregiver Support Program Request for Proposals

HSD Announces $191,500 for "Kinship Caregiver" Support

The City of Seattle's Human Services Department (HSD) is seeking applications from agencies interested in providing Kinship Caregiver Support Program (KCSP). A "kinship caregiver" is a relative such as a grandparent, uncle, or sister caring for a child 18 years of age or younger whose own parents are unable or unwilling to do so. The Human Services Department seeks to contract with a diverse group of providers to help ensure that the outcome of HSD's Kinship Caregiver Support Program investments reduce the physical and emotional stress experienced by kinship caregivers. As suggested in the demographic profiles gathered in King County, kinship foster parents tend to be older and have lower incomes, poorer health, and less education than non-kin foster parents. Thus, kinship caregivers face more challenges as foster parents than non-kin caregivers.  

HSD's investment in the Kinship Caregiver Support Program is part of a larger proactive, seamless service system investment that helps meet the basic needs of our community's most vulnerable residents, and helps people become and remain independent.  

Funding will be used to reduce the physical and emotional stress experienced by kinship caregivers; address basic needs by increasing access to support, such as food, Medicare, TANF, etc.; improve the ability of kinship caregivers to experience stable health; and improve the ability of older adult kinship caregivers to age in place successfully.  

Agencies interested in learning more about this funding opportunity are encouraged to attend the information session:

Monday, January 23, 2017
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Rainier Beach Library 9125
Rainier Ave S Seattle, WA 98118

The submission deadline is Friday, February 24, 2017 by 12:00 p.m. (noon). Please contact Karen.Winston@seattle.gov for any accommodation requests.