Some children are cared for by members of their extended family, friends, or other people they're connected to. This is called kinship care. It can also be called 'family and friends care' or 'connected persons care'.
Children are cared for in a kinship care arrangement because their parents cannot give them the support and care they need. This may be because of:
- the death of the child's parent
- parental drug or alcohol abuse
- domestic abuse in their home
Please note, when we say 'parent' on this page, we mean parent, guardian, or someone with parental responsibility.
Kinship care arrangements can stop a child needing to be taken into care, and we encourage them whenever possible.
There are different kinds of kinship care.