Funds Available to Court-appointed Guardians in Need

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Sean Michael Peoples, partner at Brown Paindiris & Scott, LLP

Connecticut Probate Courts have funds available for qualified individuals who have been appointed by the Court to serve as the legal guardian of a child. The Kinship Fund and the Grandparent & Relative Respite Fund provide money to a guardian to be used for costs associated with raising and caring for a child.

Eligible guardians must apply to receive these funds and if approved, a Probate Court judge determines the amount each guardian will receive. In order to be eligible to receive money from these funds, an individual must have been appointed as a guardian for a minor child by the Probate Court or the Superior Court for Juvenile Matters. The applicant must also be eligible for a fee waiver at the time of the grant petition or have successfully demonstrated the need for the grant and a determination made by a probate judge. A guardian is ineligible if receiving benefits from the Department of Children and Families.

Funds provided by the Kinship Fund to the guardian are awarded in amounts up to $500 per child per year with a maximum of $2,000 per family each year. These funds may be used to pay for costs related to the child's health, enrichment, (i.e. recreational activities such as field trips, sports, books) development and basic needs.

Funds awarded by the Grandparent & Relative Respite Fund to guardians are made in amounts up to $2,000 per year to guardians. These funds may be used by a guardian to pay for costs related to a child's housing, food, transportation, clothing, education, child care and spending allowances.

If you have any questions, please contact the Glastonbury-Hebron Probate Court, located at 2143 Main Street in Glastonbury. The Court's hours of operation are Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Telephone: (860) 652-7629.