In response to Kinship Care legislation, a student in an informal kinship care relationship (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) where the child was previously domiciled in Maryland with the child's parents or legal guardian, may be eligible to enroll in Carroll County Public Schools. To do so, the relative assuming kinship care must file a Kinship Care Affidavit and provide documentation of one of the following:
- death of father/mother/legal guardian
- serious illness of father/mother/legal guardian
- drug addiction of father/mother/legal guardian
- incarceration of father/mother/legal guardian
- abandonment by father/mother/legal guardian
- assignment of father/mother/legal guardian to active military duty
The Maryland Kinship Care Affidavit must be notarized and include the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all who can verify the hardship noted above. The Supervisor of Pupil Personnel/Designee will contact the parents, legal guardians, agencies, authorities, and others as needed to substantiate the kinship care relationship. The Kinship Care Affidavit shall be filed annually, at least two weeks prior to school, to verify an ongoing kinship care relationship.
Unless the court appoints a guardian for the child or awards custody of the child to someone other than the relative providing kinship care, that relative (if the kinship claim is verified) can make the full range of educational decisions for the child. However, the parent or legal guardian shall have final decision making authority regarding the educational needs of the child.
Contact the Student Services Department at 410-751-3120 for additional information.