Relative or kinship care

young girl on the phoneRelative or kinship care is a type of care that places a child or young person with a relative or someone they already know.

Caring by relatives is a common practice across cultures, but the term kinship care can have different meanings for different cultural groups.

In Australian Indigenous communities, kin may be a relative of the child or young person or someone who shares a cultural or community connection.

Being cared for by relatives or kin also helps children avoid the trauma of being placed in unfamiliar environments.

If you want to become a relative or kinship carer, you still need to be assessed. The assessment process is similar to the one to become a foster carer, but not exactly the same.

Unfortunately, not all children or young people have family or kin who can care for them, so foster carers from the wider community are vitally important.

To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 (24 hours/7 days)