Custodianship / Guardianship

Permanent custodianship or guardianship of a child can be an alternative to adoption.  The child’s case management provider determines if adoption does not best meet the child’s needs. Pursuing permanent custodianship or guardianship of a child in foster care allows the custodian/guardian to exercise all the rights and responsibilities of a parent. It also provides the child with greater assurance in the stability of the placement.


  • To meet requirements for permanent custodianship the family must:
    • have a written home assessment;
    • pass  all criminal background; and
    • pass Kansas Child Abuse Neglect Registry checks.
  • Some case management providers may request the family participate in TIPS-MAPP class.  This class provides key information for the family to ensure they fully understand:
    • the commitment to the child;
    • the effects of separation from biological parents and family, and
    • the potential impact of abuse and neglect.

Financial Assistance

While all custodians are expected to provide for the child’s education, support, medical care, and daily living costs, there may be additional financial support available to help with these expenses.

  • Custodians/Guardians may apply for Temporary Assistance to Families (TANF) as well as a medical card for the child by contacting DCF at 1.888.369.4777 or
  • The child may also be eligible for the Permanent Custodianship Subsidy (PCS). Department for Children and Families (DCF) must approve if the child is eligible for guardianship/custodianship due to adoption not being a viable option.  In order to be eligible the child must be:
    • age 14 and over;
    • part of a sibling group with at least one child age 14 and over; and
    • are being placed together.
  • Custodians/guardians may request to become the payee for benefits on behalf of the child. Permanent custodianship / guardianship eligibility is determined by the child’s case management provider on a case by case basis.