kinship care

What is Kinship Care?

When a child is unable to live at home, Kinship Care provides support for family members or close family friends who are providing out-of-home care that promotes cultural identity.

We assist up to
carer families each year

Who is eligible?

For children who are placed on Child Protection Out of Home Care Orders and are case contracted to Wathaurong.

More information

The Kinship Care team works with families for both short or long periods.

Placement and Establishment is a short-term arrangement where the placement is supported until the child can be reunified.

Kinship is a long-term arrangement where children and their carers are case contracted to Wathaurong and are on a non-reunification plan. In these cases Wathaurong becomes their case manager.

Our Kinship Care program supports the carers with a range of activities, including:

  • providing advice
  • cultural support
  • health services
  • education
  • employment
  • liaison with services
  • individual support
  • recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services.

What to expect

After DHHS advises us that you have taken on caring responsibilities, we will contact you to discuss what your needs are and where you might require help and support.

We will assist you to maintain the child’s connection to the Wathaurong community, as well as helping out with some practical day-to-day needs.

Kinship workers regularly visit carers at home, organise access visits, arrange parent education and encourage/support children’s access to community and cultural events.