About this topic
Kinship care – the care of children by relatives or friends of the family – represents a significant resource available for meeting the needs of girls and boys who are orphaned or otherwise live apart from their parents. 1 in 10 children worldwide are living in kinship care. In some countries, it is as high as 1 in 3. This makes it the most common type of care, after parental care. Kinship care can support the most vulnerable children in ordinary and crisis periods.
In this How We Care series, we present the programming of three CSOs on how they are supporting kin carers and the vulnerable children in their care, in their respective regions: the Associação Brasileira Terra dos Homens (ABTH) in Brazil, Farm Orphan Support Trust (FOST) in Zimbabwe and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) in New Zealand.
Explore the models
Model 1: Supporting orphaned and vulnerable children through kinship care
Organisation: Farm Orphan Support Trust (FOST) – supporting vulnerable children in Zimbabwe’s farm worker communities
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
Model: Supporting Orphaned and Vulnerable Children through Kinship Care (the SOVC programme)
Model 2: Supporting caregivers
Organisation: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) – providing full-time grandparent caregivers with information, advice, support and advocacy
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Model: Empowering grandparent and whānau caregivers to raise resilient and healthy children
Model 3: Focusing on extended families of origin
Organisation: Associação Brasileira Terra dos Homens (ABTH Brazil) – working with children and families to prevent separation, and to reintegrate those who have been separated
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Model: Focus on extended family of origin for children’s care