What is KinGAP?

Kinship guardianship, or KinGAP, is a judicially created relationship between a child and a responsible adult that is intended to be permanent The guardian assumes many of the rights and responsibilities that customarily would reside with the child’s parents. Kinship guardianship can be a permanency option for a child or youth in kinship foster care

In 2008, Title IV-E of the Social Security Act was amended to allow states to make guardianship assistance payments to kin or fictive kin who assume kinship guardianship of eligible children whom the kin or fictive kin have cared for as kinship foster parents.

KinGAP mimics the adoption assistance program, in that it is designed to facilitate a child’s exit from foster care to a permanent home when reunification with the child’s parents or permanency through traditional adoption is not feasible. It provides financial assistance to the caregiver to  help meet the child’s needs until the child reaches adulthood. Unlike kinship Care, KinGap is a more permanent arrangement where the youth is able to maintain family and community connections while gaining the stability of a permanent home.

KinGAP can be particularly suited to the permanency needs of an older child or youth under the following circumstances:

Reunification and adoption have been ruled out as viable options.

The child has been in a standard licensed foster home for a minimum of six consecutive months and there is a strong bond between the child and family.

The child continues to benefit from the relationship with the birth family.

For more information, view the Kinship Permanency brochure here.


4 days and 3 nights at the The Honey Hole Cabin

A mountain getaway to enjoy everything the upcountry wilderness has to offer. The Honey Hole Cabin, located on the Little Eastatoee Creek in the beautiful Eastatoee Valley in upstate South Carolina sits next to a creek and in front of the mountains! The Eastatoee Valley is a serene place, surrounded by 50,000+ acres of beautiful public land, including the Jocassee Gorges, forests, rivers, waterfalls, and more.  Perfect for a nature getaway!

6 tickets to City Scape Winery’s Winemaker’s Behind the Scenes tour including a 1.5 hour guided tour of the vineyards and production areas, a glass of wine, and souvenir wine glass to take home.

NASCAR Driver for a day!

Enjoy a package for two that provides classroom training AND the ability to drive real NASCAR Monster Energy Cup cars on a professional superspeedway track (Atlanta or Charlotte Motor Speedways).

There is no lead car to follow and no instructor riding with you. Personal racing instructors communicate with you using 2-way radio racing electronics, as well as be your spotter, coaching you during the racing sessions and helping you achieve fast speeds safely. Passing is allowed — pass the slower cars as you catch them, putting the pedal to the metal and seeing if you have what it takes to be a NASCAR driver!

Family photos are so precious! 

Bid on an hour photo session with Ashleigh Coker and receive full access to all edited photos!