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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David Royse and Austin Griffiths,

This book prepares future child welfare professionals to tackle the complex and challenging work associated with responding to child maltreatment.

Joan Moore,

This book outlines narrative and dramatic approaches to improve vulnerable family relationships. It provides a model which offers new ways for parents to practise communicating with their children and develop positive relationships.

Amilie Dorval, Josianne Lamothe, Sonia Hélie, Marie-Andrée Poirier - Children and Youth Services Review,

The present exploratory study aimed to describe and profile the characteristics of children placed in kinship care and their mothers, as reported before placement.

Yang Hu, Judith Burton, Bob Lonne - Child & Family Social Work,

This study explored the lived experiences of 23 kin caregivers raising children left behind in rural Northeast China while their migrant parents worked and lived in cities.

SNAICC – National Voice for our Children,

The Family Matters report sets out what governments are doing to turn the tide on over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care in Australia and the outcomes for children and their families.

Better Care Network,

In this video, Children in Families ABLE project practitioners discuss their key learning with respect to supporting caregivers to care for children, including the importance of managing stress and expectations, developing trusting relationships and taking a whole family approach to support.

Better Care Network,

In this video, Children in Families ABLE project practitioners speak to their experience and learning around recruiting foster families to care for children with disabilities, including the types of families to target and how to use role-modeling to address issues of stigma in the community.

UK House of Commons Library,

This House of Commons Library briefing paper considers what help is available for grandparents and other family and friends carers (also known as kinship carers) looking after children where their parents are not in a position to do so.

Helen Whincup - University of Stirling,

Part of the 'Permanently Progressing? Building secure futures for children in Scotland' study, this briefing draws upon the voices of children, carers and adoptive parents in Scotland, offering perspectives on kinship care, foster care and adoption.

Chrishana M. Lloyd, Maggie Kane, Deborah Seok, Claudia Vega - Child Trends,

This report examines home visiting models and curricula, state- and federal-level policies related to early care and education and home visiting, funding streams to support early care and education and home visiting, and the perspectives of home-based child care (HBCC) providers and parents in order to explore the potential for scaling up this model of professional development for HBCC providers in the United States.