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Moving Forward in Kinship and Foster Care

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9. THE VISION FOR KINSHIP CARE

The Reference Group also developed a vision for kinship care.

The key elements are listed below:

  • The wider family will be involved whenever a child needs to leave their birth parents.
  • Family meetings should be part of the planning process for a child.
  • Placement in the wider family should be the first option if safe and in the best interests of the child.
  • Retaining a sense of family, identity and heritage helps a child to feel valued.
  • Kinship families will have access to adequate universal benefits and support and not be reliant on the child having a statutory legal relationship with a local authority.
  • Kinship carers will be able to access specialist services where the needs of the child require that.
  • Kinship carers will be able to develop their skills and understanding about child development and loss.
  • Any assessment of kinship carers starts from the child's plan and considers what supports the carers will need to ensure the child's well being.