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Kinship Care

Kinship Care is when a child is looked after by their extended family or close friends if they cannot remain with their birth parents.  Under the Looked After Children (Scotland) Regulations 2009, kinship carers are defined as “a person related to the child (through blood, marriage or civil partnership) or a person who the child has a pre-existing relationship”.  Kinship care includes children who are looked after and are placed in a formal kinship care arrangement through the local authority.