Kinship Service and Family Finding
If a child is not able to live at home, we look first to extended family to ensure wherever possible
children are safely placed with family/kin or someone they know and are comfortable with. It is important that children
remain connected to their circle of love and support and their community. Children are often cared for by a member of their
extended family, for example grandparents, aunts/uncles. However, it doesn't need to be a direct relative - it can be a
member of the child's community with whom the child has an established relationship, like a neighbour, teacher, coach, or
member of their community. These are two examples of kinship service caregivers.
Family steps up to care for their daughter's best friend
Despite having four children, this kinship service family welcomed their daughter's best friend into
their family and have committed to care for her into adulthood. Savannah* had been through a lot in her young life and was
struggling in foster care. Since being placed with her kinship service family, she has been doing much better. A lot of that
has to do with her comfort level with this family and that they have expressed their long-term commitment to caring for her
and raising her.
Uncle and aunt raise infant born with significant medical needs
Cassie* was born addicted to cocaine and methadone and underwent severe withdrawal symptoms. Her
maternal family was dedicated to taking care of her despite doctors advising about possible developmental difficulties and
long-term medical challenges. Despite the complexity of Cassie's needs, her uncle took on the role of primary caregiver and
her aunt works two jobs to support the family. Cassie is growing and meeting all her developmental milestones. She has amazed
all involved professionals with her development and progress. Her uncle and aunt are committed to loving and raising Cassie
and providing her with a loving and stable family home.
*Names have been changed to ensure privacy.