Kinship Support Services Program in California or more commonly referred to as KSSP is a free program designed to provide resources and support to help improve outcomes for families formed through kinship care. KSSP is funded by some California counties and offered in collaboration with community-based service providers. Check our locations page to find out if KSSP is offered in the county where you reside. KSSP also provides post permanency services to relative caregivers who have become the legal guardian or adoptive parent of a formerly dependent child. The goal of this program is to further strengthen a family’s ability to maintain a supportive and stable environment for a child in their care. 

Kinship Support Services Programs offer various services which can include the following:   

  • In-home Support
  • Counseling
  • Support Groups
  • Respite Resources
  • Advocacy
  • Information & Referrals
  • Legal Referrals
  • Guardianship Workshops & Adoption Assistance
  • Family Activities
  • Play Care
  • Mentoring
  • Assistance with Basic Emergency Needs


For further information about the availability of KSSP in your area, see our full Kinship Service Locations.