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Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment (KIN-GAP)

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  • Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment (Kin-GAP) Kin-GAP is a cash aid program that supports eligible relative caregivers in California who are unable or unwilling to adopt but instead become legal guardians as the permanency option for exiting the child welfare system. Kin-GAP was established effective January 1, 2000 for children whose California Juvenile Court dependency is terminated in favor of guardianship with the relative caregiver. Effective October 1, 2006, the Kin-GAP program was made available to children whose California Juvenile Court wardship under Probation is terminated in favor of guardianship with the relative caregiver. Kin-GAP provides both cash aid and Medi-Cal benefits to eligible children. Kin-GAP payments are income to the child, not to the caregiver.