There are many different types of kinship care, and if you are a kinship caregiver, you may find that with circumstances that change the type of kinship, caregivers also change. Kinship care includes children who can be: Kinship care is when a child lives full-time or most of the time with a relative or friend who is not their parents, usually because their parents are unable to care for them. This relative or friend is called a “kinship caregiver,” and it is estimated that about half of kinship caregivers are grandparents, but many other parents, including older siblings, aunts, uncles, and family friends and neighbors, may also be kinship caregivers. Kinship is a way of life in which a parent or someone else who is emotionally close to the child takes primary responsibility for the child`s upbringing. This form of housing can be either “in SAD care” in a parent nursing home, or “outside of CAS care” by court order or agreement. In 2016-2017, 422 child and youth custody agreements were concluded. For more information, see our brochures “A Guide for Foster Parents Considering Legal Custody of a Child or Youth with Crown Guardianship Status” and “Adoption in Ontario: Private, Public and Inter-Country.” Discover Annabelle`s experience with kinship services through Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Family and Children`s Services. Once you have decided to become a family caregiver, a kinship caregiver will work with you to fully explore the needs of the child(s) and teens you are currently caring for or planning to care for, while considering the needs of your own family. They are supported throughout the care process and receive ongoing support throughout the duration of the child`s subspecialt.
How does kinship service differ from caring for loved ones? The child`s parent signs an agreement with Family and Children`s Services that places the child with a caregiver for a specified period of time. The child`s parents, caregivers and staff sit down and talk about what everyone is responsible for. The child`s parents have the right to make decisions about school and medical care. SAFE (Structured Analysis, Family Assessment) is a standardized assessment model for all Ontarians who wish to expand their family through kinship, care and adoption care. A SAFE home study includes CAS that are currently considering a continuum of permanency options for the children and youth in their care. The vast majority of children who receive services from SASs remain with their families of origin (prevention of admission). If children and youth are unable to find tenure in their families of origin due to ongoing protection concerns, SASs will consider the following other permanency options: kinship service, kinship care, usual care, custody, adoption and transition to adulthood. There are clear benefits for children when they are kept in their family network. Research shows that children in kinship enjoy increased placement stability compared to children in community care and are able to maintain family relationships. Nevertheless, many children who live with family caregivers have a very difficult start to life and their behavior is often strongly influenced by previous experiences.
Applicants for kinship care in Ontario must meet the following requirements to provide kinship care: Child care is increasingly reaching out to kinship families for children and youth who need an outpatient placement while their caregivers address their challenges. .