Caring for the Child of a Relative or Friend

If you are interested in becoming a carer in order to care for a child or young person you know of who is on a care and protection order you may be able to be assessed as a Formal Kinship Carer.

What is Kinship Care?

Kinship care is care for a child provided by someone in their own family or community. Kinship care has many benefits and provides children and young people who are unable to live at home with the best chance for security and stability of care. Kinship care occurs without any government involvement and is a natural and positive way for communities and families to support children.

What is Formal Kinship Care?

Formal Kinship Care is a programme of the Department of Health and Human Services in which a relative or friend of a child’s family is assessed by Child Protection Services staff to determine their ability to provide care to a child, or young person, who is on a care and protection order. This means that the child has been placed in the legal custody (or guardianship) of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Approval of a person as a Formal Kinship Carer is based on an assessment of the person’s ability to provide a safe and secure home for the child and to be able to work with both Child Protection Services and the child’s family.

If approved to provide care a Formal Kinship Carer receives agreed reimbursement for the costs of care and can access training, information and support services.

Here is some general information about formal kinship care: