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Kinship Care helps to create stability and continuity in a child’s life.

Kinship Care Ireland wants to work with and on behalf of families, to create a better understanding of kinship care and ensure that the specific needs of carers, children and young people are acknowledged and addressed.
What is Kinship Care?
Kinship care is the full-time parenting of children by grandparents, older siblings, aunts and uncles, other relatives, or close friends of the family when their parents are no longer able to look after them.
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It occurs for many reasons, for example, the death of a parent, parental substance misuse, abandonment, illness, or imprisonment.
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It can be temporary or permanent arrangement and can also be on a formal or informal basis.
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Are you raising a child for a relative or friend?
Are you a grandparent, aunt, uncle, older brother, or sister, relative or family friend raising a child who is unable to live with their parents?
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If so, you are a Kinship Carer.
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COVID-19: Information for kinship families
We know that this is an extremely difficult and uncertain time for kinship carers. We want to you know that we are here for you. We are sharing information and advice on these pages which we hope you will find helpful