Kinship Care - OzChild

Kinship Care

OzChild supports placements of children with a relative or with people who have had a significant relationship with the child, helping to preserve the support networks of children who are unable to live with their birth parents.

What is Kinship Care?

Kinship care refers to the care of children by relatives but can also include neighbours, family friends or a member of a child’s community network who has had a significant relationship with that child.

Kinship care is the preferred form of care for a child unable to live with their natural parents as it can help to preserve the child’s relationship with their family and assists in maintaining stability in a young person’s life.

To ensure the best interests of the child are met, OzChild works with the child and their networks including carers, Government child protection services and the child’s family to ensure a stable home environment for the child.

Kinship care support is offered to over 130 families in Melbourne every day and OzChild Kinship Care services are available in the cities of Frankston, Port Phillip, Stonnington, Glen Eira, Bayside, Kingston and the Mornington Peninsula Shire.

We also provide services to clients in Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia at the request of the Department of Health and Human Services. Referral to this program is only through Child Protection.

Access to Kinship Care services is available through our Dandenong Central Office, who can be reached on (03) 9212 5600.

Kinship Care Group Support

Our group support meetings are a great way to meet other kinship carers in your area, providing a supportive environment in a relaxed and informal setting. Facilitated groups are held monthly in Highett, Frankston, Karingal and Rosebud. These groups are open and welcoming and can help you access support services and increase your skills.

Find out about our next group by calling our Dandenong Central office on (03) 9212 5600 during normal business hours.

Information and Advice

The Kinship Information and Advice Service assists kinship families, children and young people and the professionals who support them.

This support may include:

  • Specialised advice
  • Relevant and up to date information about community services
  • Information regarding support groups for kinship carers

This service can be accessed by all kinship carers and children, professionals, members of the extended family and broader community.

Access Help and Assistance

If you would like further information about access to any of our programs, please contact OzChild Kinship Care on (03) 9212 5600.