Yes, an unlicensed kinship caregiver caring for children in DCS custody qualifies for cash assistance through the Family Assistance Administration (FAA) under the Department of Economic Security (DES) if the children in your home are not receiving Social Security benefits from their parents. The household income will not be taken into account. The cash assistance will not be retroactive to the date the child moved in and will only start the day of the application. Speak to your DCS Specialist for more information on applying.
Kinship caregivers do not automatically qualify for nutrition assistance (SNAP). Household income will be taken into account. However, several community organizations offer supports and services to unlicensed kinship caregivers to help supplement the costs of care. Visit azfamilyresources.org for a list of services in your area.