Kinship Care

Kinship care is the full-time care of a child by a relative or another member of the extended family. This type of arrangement is the most common form of out of home care throughout the world and is typically arranged without formal legal proceedings. In many developing countries, it is essentially the only form of alternative family care available on a significant scale.


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UNICEF, Changing the Way We Care,

In this case study, the authors explore how the government of Zimbabwe and local civil society organisations (CSOs) are working together to maximise the benefits and minimise the risks of kinship care. The case study is based on interviews with 12 individuals which included policy makers, practitioners, kinship carers and children in kinship care. 

Badr Ratnakaran MBBS, Antoinette Valenti Shappell FAPA, Kiran Khalid MBBS,

This report outlines the various trends and reasons for the rise of grandparents involved in caring for grandchildren in the U.S. It also describes the different types of households involving grandparents and grandchildren, including grandfamilies, skipped-generation, and three-generation families, and summarize various theories of grandparent stress including role strain theory and social exchange theory.

Rob Trubey, Rhiannon Evans, Sarah McDonald, Jane Noyes, Mike Robling, Simone Willis, Maria Boffey, Charlotte Wooders, Soo Vinnicombe, G. J. Melendez-Torres,

The purpose of this CHIMES review and meta-analysis was to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions evaluated via randomized controlled trials (RCTs) for improving mental health and wellbeing outcomes for care experienced children and young people.

Family for Every Child,

Family for Every Child launched its global inter-agency guidance on supporting kinship care aimed at policy makers and programme managers during this webinar on 1 February 2024.

Tyreasa Washington, Mathieu Despard,

This study examined African American families who are providing informal kinship care in the U.S. with the aim of developing a nuanced understanding of the financial characteristics, challenges, and coping strategies of these families.

Amanda Klein-Cox, Angela Tobin, Ramona Denby,

Shared parenting, when adults collaborate in childrearing, is a practice of interest for children in out-of-home care. Yet, little is known about its feasibility and outcomes for kinship families who have preexisting relationships with birth parents. This article shares qualitative results from focus groups that explored participants’ experiences and attitudes toward shared parenting in the U.S.

Family for Every Child,

This guidance is the first ever global, practitioner-informed guidance on how to support kinship care. The guidance is aimed at policymakers and programme managers working to improve the care of children.

Family for Every Child,

This guidance explains why supporting kinship care is so important and provides principles of good practice and lessons learnt from across the world. This is a summary of a more detailed version of the guidance, which also includes over 40 examples of promising practice from across the world.

Emily Smith Goering, Sarah Kaye, Lucia Reyes, Stephanie Beleal, Alyse Almadani, Caitlin Proctor-Frazier, Elisa Rosman,

This longitudinal study evaluates the effectiveness of BLINDED intervention, an intervention that utilizes family search and engagement practices to place children who enter foster care in kinship placements as quickly as possible in the U.S.

Department for Education,

This is the first-ever National Kinship Care Strategy to be published in the UK. The strategy establishes “the foundations for a future, transformed kinship care system in England.”