Kinship Care

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Kinship care is an arrangement for a relative or close friend of a child to provide care when a child's parents cannot look after him/her.

A kinship carer is the relative or friend who takes over the care of the child.

All carers who provide care for the children of their family or friends are called kinship carers. However, such carers fall into two separate categories of formal or informal carers, depending on the route by which children come to be and continue in a kinship arrangement. This distinction is significant because of the different legal responsibilities local authorities have to children living in formal kinship care as opposed to informal kinship care.