Kinship care is when a child or young person lives with a family member or someone they already have a relationship with because they can’t live at home.
In the ACT, kinship care often happens informally where someone might care for their niece, nephew or grandchild while their parents can’t look after them for a period.
Kinship care for children and young people in care refers to children and young people that have an ACT Care and Protection Order. In these circumstances, kinship carers undergo an assessment with Child and Youth Protection Services before they are approved as carers. Once approved, kinship carers are issued with a special authority and approval to care for the child or young person.
If a child or young person is in care and a family member or significant person in their life wishes to be a kinship carer they should get in contact with Child and Youth Protection Services on 02 6207 1069 or 02 6207 1466.
Child and Youth Protection Services will decide where a child or young person should live based on the best interests of the child or young person. Wherever possible, Child and Youth Protection Services will try to place children and young people with their family or someone who is known to them. Even if the child or young person doesn’t live with the family member, they can still be an important part of their life.