Kinship care

The close connection, love and care of a child, by a relative or family friend, when the birth family are unable to care for them.

It takes a community to raise a child

Barnardos recognise the great benefit children receive in being cared for by their relatives or kin.

Kinship care refers to arrangements whereby children reside with, and are cared for by, relatives, family friends or community members with the same cultural ties. Kinship carers are often grandparents, aunties or uncles who have taken on a full-time caring role at a later stage in life.

We are committed to upholding the rights and traditions of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and support the vital role kinship carers play in the lives of children by keeping them connected to their family, culture and community.

Barnardos welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kinship care applicants and acknowledge that adoption is culturally inappropriate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.


How we support our kinship carers



We provide comprehensive training and on-going learning opportunities


We provide 24/7 on-call support and guidance any time of the day or night


We provide a tax-free allowance to contribute to the costs of caring for a child
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We are with you every step of the way

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