A kinship caregiver is a relative of a child who is not the child's parent, but who is taking care of the child. Some examples are:
- Aunts or uncles
- Adult siblings
- Other adult relatives
Some kinship caregivers have a court order that gives them guardianship or custody, and with that, the right to agree (consent) to health care for the child. Others have power of attorney, given to them by the parents. Read Power of Attorney (POA) for Parents to learn more.
Many kinship caregivers do not have anything in writing. If this is true for you, you may have problems when you try to get health care for the child.