If a child is removed from the home, there are four options for kinship care providers in Virginia:
- The court could transfer custody of the child to a kinship care provider.
- The local department of social services, who has custody of the child, could approve the kinship care provider as a foster parent.
- The kinship care provider, who is an approved foster parent, may be able to adopt the child if the court terminates the rights of the child’s parents and approves the goal of adoption.
- The kinship care provider, who is an approved foster parent, may become permanent legal custodian and receive continuing financial support through the Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program (KinGAP).