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Kinship Care is provided by relatives or a member of a child’s social network when they cannot live with their parents. 

It supports children to stay within their family environment and provides support to relatives who have taken on the responsibility of care. 

A Kinship Carer could be a grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, extended family member, a step-relative or family friend.  

Kinship Carers provide full time care to a child or young person when they are no longer able to live with their parents or parent. 

Kinship Carers provide the love and care that all children need, as well as providing them with a safe environment. They provide a positive sense of family, helping to soften the trauma of being separated from their parents and helping to maintain contact with extended family.