Kinship Care

The mission of the Kinship Care Solutions Project is to ensure that children who are at risk in the care of their parents have safe, stable homes through custody with caring relatives and other caregivers.

Who We Serve

  • King County residents or cases that can be filed in King County Superior Court
  • Low-income individuals
  • Relatives or other caregivers with a significant relationship to the child/children

What We Do

  • Provide free legal representation for relatives and other caregivers seeking nonparental custody (also known as third party custody) of a child/ren through a panel of volunteer attorneys
  • Factors we consider include:
  • Length of time (if any) that the child has resided with the caregiver
  • If the caregiver is a safe and stable placement for the child
  • If the child would be at risk if returned to his/her parents
  • The difficulty of finding a volunteer attorney for the case
  • If the caregiver would have trouble bringing the Nonparental Custody case without an attorney

We Do Not

  • Help parents
  • Help in dependency cases (where children are in foster care) unless parents agree to custody with the caregiver
  • Help with adoption cases

How To Reach Services

Call the Kinship Care Solutions intake line at (206) 267-7086 to be screened for eligibility.

If your case is placed with a volunteer attorney, you and your attorney will make arrangements for appointments.

How To Prepare

  • Have the parents’ names, addresses, and birthdates.
  • Gather all related paperwork, including past custody orders, protection orders, and CPS or criminal records involving the parents.
  • Be prepared to tell how the parents are unfit to care for the child or why it would be detrimental for the child to be with his or her parents to the intake screener over the phone.
  • Decide on the desired outcome or goal.
  • Identify all deadlines.
  • Tell the intake screener about these deadlines.

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  1. Decide on the desired outcome or goal.
  2. Schedule an appointment at a Neighborhood Legal Clinic.
  3. Write a list of specific questions for the attorney.
  4. Bring to the clinic appointment:
    • Agreements or contracts (signed or proposed)
    • Written rules or policies
    • Court orders
    • Court papers served on you or that you filed with the court
    • All letters or emails to and from person or business with whom you have the disagreement
    • Specific paperwork related to the case. For example, employee handbook, parenting plan, child support order, protection order, lease, rental agreement
  5. Organize any paperwork from most recent on the top to oldest at the bottom.
  6. Identify all deadlines.
  7. Tell the legal clinic volunteer about these deadlines.
  8. Remember you only have 30 minutes. Be prepared to tell the history of the legal issue to the legal clinic volunteer.
  9. If your legal issue is vacating your criminal record please bring your Washington Access to Criminal History report.

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