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330 Court Street Eagle River Wisconsin 54521

Kinship Care

Vilas County Courthouse
330 Court Street
Eagle River, WI 54521
8am - 4pm M-F

Kinship Care
Kinship Care is a cash assistance benefit provided to non-legally responsible caretaker relatives for the care of a child in their home. Each child is assessed for protection or services. A criminal background check of all adults in the home is mandatory.

To apply for Kinship Care or for more information, contact the Children's Protective Supervisor at Vilas County Social Services at

Kinship Care Program Eligibility Requirements:

  • the basic needs of the child can be better met with the relative than with the parent
  • the placement is in the best interests of the child; and
  • the child currently or would potentially meet the requirements for court jurisdiction as being in need of protection or services if the child were to remain with the parents

Other Program Requirements include:

  • a criminal background check on the relative caretaker
  • cooperation with the agency by the relative caretaker
  • the relative caretaker must apply for other public assistance or benefits for which the child might be eligible

  • the relative caretaker must cooperate with referral of the parents to child support, unless the relative caretaker requests and is granted a good cause exemption from cooperating with the referral to child support

  • Kinship living arrangements must be reviewed no less frequently than every 12
    months to determine if the eligibility requirements continue to be met.