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Non-Needy Relative, In Loco Parentis, and Legal Guardian Grant

What it is:

Cash and medical assistance for children who are in the care of a relative of specified degree or a legal guardian or custodian. Adults who act "in loco parentis" or in the place of a parent may also be eligible.


Who is eligible:

Relatives of a specified degree that care for a minor relative child in their home. A relative of specified degree includes:

  • Siblings
  • Nephews
  • Aunts
  • Grandparents
  • First Cousins
  • Nieces
  • Uncles

Prefixes of great, great-great, or great-great-great are also included. (Such as great-grandparents, great-uncle, etc.) Half-relatives of the above listed relationships can also be considered a relative of specified degree.

Adults who are acting "in the place of a parent" may also be eligible. To be considered as acting in the place of a parent, the adult must have intentionally taken the place of a parent and be responsible for exercising day-to-day care and control of the child. For more information, see the E-Z Manual link at the top of the page.

The Legal Guardian Program provides medical and cash assistance for children who are living with a legal guardian.

To apply for benefits you must:

  • Complete an application for benefits
  • Sign over child support rights to DSHS
  • Complete an interview

How to apply:

You can apply for services online or at your local Community Services Office.

As with all our programs, the only way to know for sure if you are eligible is to apply.