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In Massachusetts, approximately over 87,500 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers. Additionally, nearly 28,000 grandparents reported having their grandchildren living with them.
The Massachusetts Department of Social Services offers many forms of assistance for kinship care families. Kinship care families are able to receive a monthly stipend based on the age and amount of children in the family. If a kinship care family has children under the age of five, they are eligible for the supplemental food and nutrition program through "WIC. All children in a kinship care family are able to receive health care coverage (medical, dental, & psychiatric) through "MassHealth. Furthermore, all children in kinship care are assigned a social worker that will meet with each child monthly, and the family is assigned a Resource Worker whom will make home visits. The Resource Worker refers families to other community outlets of assistance for kinship care families.
Massachusetts offers excellent services, support, and assistance for kinship care families, which involves a presence of social workers in all areas of support.