Family members may qualify to have custody, be a guardian, or visit a child. If your grandchildren or other relatives are in foster care, you have the right to petition for custody in Family Court.

The Family Legal Care (FLC) website can help you understand more about:

  • The difference between custody and guardianship
  • Kinship foster care
  • How to get custody
  • How to become a guardian
  • Special rules for relatives to get custody of a child
  • Financial support for kinship foster parents
  • A grandparent's right to visit a child in foster care

For more information from FLC, click on the "Learn more" link below. For legal fact sheets go to

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Last Reviewed: April 27, 2023