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Grandparent and kinship carers: printable guides

When children can’t live with their parents, family members or friends might become their primary carers. This is called grandparent or kinship care. Raising Children Network’s printable guides have essential information about being a carer, and about supporting carers.

Being a grandparent or kinship carer: a guide

This guide is for grandparent and kinship carers. It has essential information about looking after children in your care, as well as looking after yourself.

The guide covers the following topics:

  • Being a grandparent or kinship carer
  • Children in grandparent and kinship care
  • Types of care arrangements
  • Carer rights and responsibilities
  • Taking care of yourself as a grandparent or kinship carer
  • About grandparent and kinship carer groups
  • Joining a grandparent or kinship carer group
  • Starting a grandparent or kinship carer group

Download Being a grandparent or kinship carer: a guide (PDF: 4.84mb).

Supporting grandparent and kinship carers: a guide for service providers

This guide is for service providers who support or have contact with grandparent and kinship carers. It has information about the key challenges of being a grandparent or kinship carer, and includes information about supporting carers at different stages of their caring roles.

This guide covers the following topics:

  • Understanding grandparent and kinship care
  • Helping grandparent and kinship carers get organised
  • Support and services for grandparent and kinship carers
  • Ongoing support for grandparent and kinship carers

Download Supporting grandparent and kinship carers: a guide for service providers (PDF: 3.58mb).

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Last updated or reviewed
01-08-2017

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