hide my visit

Texas Kincare Primer


What is Kincare?

Kincare is a term used when a child is cared for by a non-parent family member such as a grandparent, great-grandparent, aunt, uncle, older sibling or other blood relative. Kincare includes situations where both parents live outside the home. However, kincare may also include situations where the parents live in the same home as the child, but do not have care or control over the child.

What is covered in the Manual?

In Texas, there are an estimated 600,000 children each year who are cared for a non-parent relative for at least part of the year. This publication was written to help Kincare caregivers get the information they need to succesffuly support themselves and their families. This manual has information for both families who have been involved with CPS and those who have not. 

Is this the same as the Kinship Manual?

Please note that this manual is different from the "Kinship Manual" produced by CPS. CPS's Kinship Manual is specifically for families who have a child that CPS has found to have been abused or neglected. For the CPS specific manual, click here.

Table of Contents (Get the Primer by Clicking on "Download PDF Version of Article" Above)

  • What is Kincare
    • Page 1
  • Purpose of this Primer
    • Page 2
  • General Information for Kincare Families
    • Page 3
  • Documents you may need in seeking Services
    • Page 5
  • TexasLawHelp.org
    • Page 7
  • Legal Resources
    • Page 8
  • Public Benefits for Kincare Families - State Administred
    • Page 13
  • Public Benefits for Kincare Families - Federally Administred 
    • Page 21
  • Earned Income Credit
    • Page 23
  • Child Tax Credit
    • Page 24
  • Family Law
    • Page 25
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
    • Page 27
  • School Enrollment
    • Page 28
  • Authorization Agreement
    • Page 29
  • Consent to Medical Treatment by a Non-Parent
    • Page 36
  • Power of Attorney
    • Page 40
  • Early Childhood Intervention Services
    • Page 44
  • Area Agencies on Aging
    • Page 46
  • Taking Care of Yourself
    • Page 49
  • Success in the "Sandwich Generation"
    • Page 50
  • Further Information
    • Page 53