Kinship Care

The CAFS Kinship Care team works with the generous and dedicated families providing kinship care for the children of relatives or friends.

Kinship Care is when siblings, extended family members or family friends care for children when their biological parents are not able too, for a period of time. Kinship care can be an informal care arrangement between family members or a statutory arrangement; when children are placed in care by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The majority of our Kinship Carers are grandparents who have taken on full-time parenting roles. On most occasions, raising their grandchildren hasn’t been a choice but a responsibility as the grandchildren are family, and they are committed to raising them within their birth family.

The Kinship Care Program provides support:

  • Through the information and advice service
  • To families that are caring for their children without the involvement of Child Protection Services (Family Support Services)
  • In the early stages of a placement being made (placement establishment)
  • When the plan is for children to remain permanently with their relatives (kinship contracting)

During this financial year, CAFS Kinship Care program supported over 140 families in our local region, our program offered information & advice for kinship carers, family services and kinship placement support. Our kinship carers attend local CAFS carer groups, training and forums. Our kinship families also enjoyed the CAFS Kinship Family Picnic and Christmas Party together.

Local carer groups occur monthly in Ararat, Bacchus March, Ballarat and Daylesford. These groups provide a space for kinship carers to meet and support each other. We always have fun and a laugh!

Our Kinship Care program at CAFS might be a small team, but we have big hearts just like our kinship carers.

To contact our Kinship team please call 5337 3333 or email toni.schiltz@cafs.org.au

The Kinship Care program provides support

  • through the information and advice service
  • to families that are caring for their children without the involvement of child protection services (Family Support Services)
  • in the early stages of a placement being made (placement establishment)
  • when the plan is for children to remain permanently with their relatives (kinship contracting).

I’m here to protect, love, hug, teach, nurse the pain with them and talk with them. Most of all, l will be there for them – a kinship carer’s view of their role.

l’m going to have the biggest truck, with the biggest wheels, and l am going to dig through mountains – a kinship care client’s dream for the future.