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Family and friends or kinship foster care

Find out about family and friends foster care, what's involved and the support available to help you.

When children are brought into care we'll see if there are any friends or relatives who may be able to care for them. This is a specialist type of fostering called kinship care. 

How can you become a kinship carer? 

If you're a family member or friend able to look after a child brought into care then the child's social worker will visit you to discuss fostering, what's involved and what will happen.

If you want to go ahead you can be assessed as a foster carer for the child. This will involve a social worker coming to visit you, getting to know you and your ability to care for the child. We'll also need to make a number of checks which can include police, medical and employment to make sure the child will be safe.

What support do you get? 

Once approved, we'll offer you support in caring for the child and help you prepare for them to live with you. You are also entitled to the same level of support as all foster carers. Find out more about support for foster carers.


Contact us
03000 269 400
Our address is:
  • Children and Young People's Services
  • Spectrum 8
  • Spectrum Business Park
  • Seaham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • SR7 7TT
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