ACWA Releases New National Kinship Care Report

ACWA has released a new report  Support for children in kinship care provided by the Commonwealth States & Territories of Australia as part of its Kinship Care: Making It a National Issue advocacy project aimed at establishing a national policy focus on this growing yet often overlooked form of out-of-home care.

Written by Dr Meredith Kiraly (University of Melbourne), the report provides a comparative view of kinship care policy and practice across Australia and identifies a range of areas where work is required to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children in kinship care.

ACWA hopes this report will provide valuable information for further work in the area of kinship care service provision and policy development.

Other key documents developed under the Kinship Care: Marking It a National Issue project include:

  • A Definition document: to help generate a shared understanding of what kinship care is.
  • Principles and Recommendations: this lobbying resource is based on feedback from a national forum held in August last year which brought together kinship care advocacy groups, frontline practitioners, researchers and non-government and government stakeholders.