I have been asked about how a family member goes about kinship placement and the laws, can kinship placement go over state lines, etc.
Kinship foster care placement is done differently in every state and in some, it differs with each county. Some states are starting to get laws and guidelines on kinship placements. My advice to anyone thinking of providing kinship placement for a relative is to think about how this might change the family dynamic.
If you are a family member that is in the process or their children are in foster care, do not wait on the biological parents to provide names of family members willing to care for the children. Sadly, some biological parents are unwilling to provide this information to the caseworkers. If you would like to provide kinship placement for a family member, get in contact with caseworker yourself. It probably would be a good idea to have your request in writing and mail it certified to the child welfare department. Always leave a paper trail:). If you do not get a reply, resubmit the request in writing and mail it certified to a supervisor a couple more times. You are creating proof that you as a family member have been willing to provide kinship placement for the children in question when the court hearing comes around.
A few states do not have standards or requirements for kinship placements unless you are requesting medical and money assistance from the state, then you would have to do some training and requirements as foster parents do.
Kinship placement going out of state changes things. I have had one foster child that I have experienced kinship placement out of state, it was a long process. There are many hoops for you to jump through with an out of state placement. You will face requirements for both states. I think the states like to cover themselves when a child is placed out of the state is why there is more hoops to jump through. Check with your state and the state the child is living in for their requirements.