Family for Every Child is delighted to publish our Kinship Care Guide. With a foreword by Ann Skelton, Chair of the UNCRC, this is the first-ever global, practitioner-informed guidance on supporting kinship care. The guidance is aimed at policymakers and programme managers working to improve the care of children.

Children who cannot be looked after by their parents often live with relatives or friends of the family. This care is known as kinship care. Kinship care is acknowledged as the first form of care that should be explored for children outside of parental care. It is widely used across the world. However, it is poorly supported in many countries.

This guidance explains why supporting kinship care is important and provides principles of good practice and lessons learnt worldwide. We will use this guidance to campaign for better support for and better access to kinship care across the world.

The full guidance set includes over 40 examples of promising practices worldwide. A summary version is also available here.

Join the discussion

Please join the upcoming launch event on January 25 if you wish to learn more about this guide. You are also invited to join the Kinship Care Community on Changemakers for Children to connect with a network of practitioners and civil society organisations and participate in discussions and information sharing on issues relating to kinship care.