Being a kinship carer or grandparent carer
Grandparent or kinship care is when a child can’t live with their parents. A responsible relative or friend cares for them instead.
Being a carer can be good for you and the child. You can give the child a safe and loving home to grow up in.
Becoming a grandparent or kinship carer is a big change. But you aren’t alone, and you can get a lot of help.
Support groups for grandparent and kinship carers
Support groups for grandparent or kinship carers get you together with people in the same situation as you.
If you know other carers, you could start your own support group, just to talk and share experiences.
Your Grandparent, Foster and Kinship Carer Adviser or community centre can help you join or start a support group.
Looking after yourself as a grandparent or kinship carer
Remember to look after yourself. When you’re well and happy, you’re in good shape to care for a child.
Try to get enough sleep, do some exercise and eat well. Time for yourself each day is good too.
Talk to an adviser, friends or family. Call the Grandparent, Foster and Kinship Carer Adviser Line on 1800 245 965.