Kinship Care supports family relatives to take care of a child or siblings when their birth parent or parents are unable to.
It aims to help maintain children and young people within their family environment and to provide support to relatives who have taken on the responsibility of care for another family member’s child or young person.
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 children so desperately need, as well as providing them with a safe environment,· a positive sense of family, helping soften the trauma of being separated from their parents and helping to maintain contact with their extended family.
At Brophy, the Kinship Care program provides case management support to children and young people between the ages of 0 to 17 years on Statutory Orders who are unable to live with their parents. This service aims to provide support to relatives who have taken on the responsibility of care for another family member’s child or young person. This maybe through phone contacts, face-to-face meetings, ongoing family support or placement support.
Kinship Care works collaboratively with Child Protection and other specialist workers such as schools, therapists and the Australian Childhood Foundation to maintain a stable and supportive environment which will nurture positive development for the child or young person living in a kinship placement.
The Kinship Care Program can provide support to Kinship Carers through the following programs:
Kinship Carer Support Groups
This service offers access to our monthly support groups for Kinship Carers to come along to share experiences and connect with other kinship carers in a safe and supportive environment. Groups are currently ran in Warrnambool, Portland and in the near future, Hamilton.
The aim of this service is for carers to come along to share experiences and connect to other families in similar situations in a safe and supportive environment with one of our Kinship Care Support Workers. The support group is open to all Kinship Carers including carers who are not receiving formal services.
Kinship Care Advice and Information
This service is available to Kinship Carers, family members, and community and professional services to assist with service information, crisis support and referral pathways.
It also provides in house and online carer education and training options such as Bringing Up Great Kids carer training