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 - ESARO Regional Learning Platform,

This webinar introduced new global inter-agency guidance on kinship care. During the webinar, panelists shared key lessons learnt on how to support kinship care, drawing particularly on examples of promising practices from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Liberia, and Brazil.

UNICEF - ESARO Regional Learning Platform,

This video explores why supporting kinship care is so important, and examines how to support kinship care using examples from government and NGOs in Zimbabwe.

Adrienne Schlatter,

This U.S.-based study analyzes data from a statewide kinship caregiver survey which collected demographic data, challenges, and needs.

Maninder Kaur, Nilima Mehta, Subhadeep Adhikary, Anamika Viswanath,

This paper intends to capture the landscape of alternative care and its evolution in India, drawing from the review of the legal and policy framework, existing literature, and detailed discussions with Civil Society Organisations(CSOs) and State functionaries.

Erika Moldow, Virgie M. Anderson, Stephanie LaShay Benjamin, Barbara Patricia Johnson, Elizabeth McGuan, Donna Xenakis, Alexandra Piñeros Shields, Yanfeng Xu,

In this paper the authors reflect on their process and offer lessons learned from engaging in participatory evaluation that may apply to the field of kinship care and across social service delivery more broadly.

UNICEF - Regional Learning Platform on Care Reform in Eastern and Southern Africa,

This case study documents the journey of Okot, one of many children in the Kakuma camp in Kenya, living with relatives. There are over 8,000 unaccompanied and separated children living in the Kakuma and Kalobeyei camps, the majority of whom are in kinship care (children cared for by relatives or friends of the family).

Family for Every Child,

This 5th webinar of the Family for Every Child Kinship Care learning series looked at the different ways in which kinship carers themselves support kinship care. Kinship Care Ireland shared how the kinship caregivers they are working with are self-advocating for greater recognition for kinship care.

Nuria Fuentes-Peláez, Carme Montserrat, Rosa Sitjes-Figueras, Gemma Crous,

This study aims to develop an understanding of the distinctive features of kinship and non-kin foster care based on information obtained from fostered children and child care professionals in Spain.

The Audacious Project - TED Talk,

In the U.S., youth in foster care are nearly twice as likely as war veterans to suffer from PTSD. Placed in foster care at just 11 months old, 2023 Audacious Project grantee Sixto Cancel experienced the faults of the system firsthand. Now, he's the founder of Think of Us, an organization working to reform child welfare by centering kinship care, or placing a child with an extended family member or a familiar adult. Learn more about his plan to help thousands of kids searching for a loving home with one simple, systemic switch.

Family for Every Child,

This is the fourth webinar in the Family for Every Child's kinship care learning series which explored the different types of kinship caregivers (e.g. grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, male kinship carers, friends of the family) and how their different characteristics impact the risk and support needs of kinship care placements.