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Kinship Care - Supporting grandparents as parents

Relative or kinship care is a type of care where a child or young person lives with a relative or someone they already know, when circumstances mean they are unable to live with their parents.

The Samaritans Kinship Care program provides a number of services to support kinship and relative carers:

  • Case work support – the kinship care caseworker can help with information and advice and link with other services including Centrelink, support groups, childcare, schools, counselling, disability services and programs to support children and young people.
  • Training and workshops – run regularly on topics including child development, effects of trauma and supporting teenagers.
  • Peer support groups – groups are run weekly in Port Stephens and supported by volunteers from Anglican parishes. They provide a welcoming space for sharing information, lots of laughs and supporting one another.



36 Warabrook Blvd, Warabrook NSW 2304