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Parenting Again

Kinship care report on young carers caring for kin

Meet 42 young kinship carers who participated in this study‘We’re just kids as well’: towards recognition and support for young kinship carers

Diversity in kinship care Research Series Report 2: Kinship care by young people.  Click here to read the report 

Kinship Care Services

‘We’re just kids as well’: towards recognition and support for young kinship carers.  Diversity in kinship care Research Series Report 2: Kinship care by young people 

Kinship care is the preferred placement type for children who cannot live with their parents. The care is provided by relatives or a member of a child's social network when a child cannot live with their parents.  To read more 

Children Youth and Families Department of Human Services provides information on programs such as Adoption, Kinship Carers, Child Protection, Placement & Support, Family Services, Family Violence, Sexual Assault, Youth Justice and Youth Services. 

Kinship Carers Victoria (KCV) is the peak body for all kinship carers. KCV's role is to link individual kinship carer groups across the State for mutual benefit, and promote greater community awareness of kinship families. KCV provides advice to government, organisations and the community to improve support available for children in kinship care. Contact Anne McLeish on email: or Tel: 03 9372 2422

Centrelink Parenting payment to assist with the cost of caring for a child/children. 

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) Information for carers and parents about early childhood services 0-8 year olds.

Ombudsman report into kinship care payment is an investigation into the financial support provided to kinship carers.  This report was published in December 2017.

Kinship care manual  provides kinship carers a tool to assist navigation through the child protection system.  The manual provides information about child protection processes, financial and other support available to carers and and the children and young people in care.  The manual was developed in consultation with Kinship Carers Victoria, the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, the Commission for Children and Young People,the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency, Victorian Government staff, kinship care service providers and kinship carers.


Support Organisations

Mirabel Foundation assists children 0-17, who have been orphaned or abandoned due to parents' illicit drug use and are now in the care of extended family or friends (kinship care). Mirabel provides advocacy, referrals and support to the children and their carers.

CREATE Foundation is the peak body for children and young people in care, providing support, information, advocacy, activities and opportunities.

CLAN Care Leavers Australia Network is a support and advocacy group for people brought up in care away from their family as state wards in foster care, children's homes, orphanages or other institutions. CLAN is also for anyone who has a close family member who was placed in "care".

MyTime Playgroups provide peer support for parents, grandparents and others caring for children with a disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition.

Carers Victoria represents and provides support for family carers in Victoria.

My Child provides Information on different types of child care and how to get assistance with the cost of child care. This site also has links to other useful websites about children's health and wellbeing, parenting and family support services.

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