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.

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What is kinship care?

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


Undergo foster care training

We provide comprehensive initial training so you can be confident in your abilities

24/7 on-call support

Guidance is available any time of the day or night to help you in a crisis

Access to foster care payments

As a kinship carer you get a tax-free allowance to contribute to the costs of caring for a child

Ongoing learning & events

You may find our training and learning opportunities useful in your new kinship care role

It takes a community to raise a child

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