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

Kinship Care Ireland works 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.
It occurs for many reasons, for example, the death of a parent, parental substance misuse, abandonment, illness, or imprisonment.
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?
If so, you are a Kinship Carer.
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News & Events
Highlighting the Rights of Children and Young People growing up in the Care of Relatives and Family Friends

We are delighted that the Ombudsman for Children has drawn attention to the situation of children…

Connecting with Our Colleagues in Family Resource Centres!

Kinship Care was delighted to attend the Family Resource Centre National Forum Event in Athlone, on…

A Grandmother’s Story

Our colleagues in ICAAN have produced this video with support from the North-East Regional Drug and…