Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP)

Benefits of Florida’s Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP)

When a child is not able to safety remain at home with their parents, or adopted, permanent guardianship with a family or like-family member who is willing and able to provide care for the child, is the next best alternative. Permanent guardianship allows the child to live with people they already know and trust.

Families that meet the eligibility criteria for the Guardianship Assistance Program will have access to the following benefits:

  • Increased financial support for the child in the form of Guardianship Assistance payments;
  • Medicaid until the child reaches 18 years of age;
  • Nonrecurring assistance to assist with reaching the goal of permanent guardianship for the child;
  • College tuition exemption voucher; and
  • Increased community-based supports for caregivers and children.
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