Grandparents (and other relatives) caring for children

Supporting Grandparent Carers Program

There are a number of reasons that grandparents and other relatives take on the care of children within their family, and this is often in response to family crisis.

Support for grandparents and other relatives who are caring for related children through informal arrangements is provided by the Supporting Grandparent Carers Program.

For more information about the Program, contact the Advice and Referral Line on 1800 000 123.

Informal Kinship Care Review

Review Update

The review of Informal Kinship Care in Tasmania to identify improvements in supports for informal kinship carers is now complete and a report with eight recommendations has been provided to the Department of Communities Tasmania.

Twenty-five internal and external stakeholders from around the State provided valuable feedback for the review, including 28 case studies which presented specific concerns, gaps and positive outcomes experienced by Tasmanian informal kinship carers.

Communities Tasmania has developed the Informal Kinship Care Review – Summary Report of the review findings. Read the Informal Kinship Care Review – Summary Report.

Communities Tasmania has also provided a response to each of the eight Informal Kinship Care Review recommendations. Read the Informal Kinship Care Review Recommendations – Communities Tasmania Response.

Thank you to all the informal kinship carers who participated in the Review, their experiences have influenced the report and the Review’s recommendations.