Kinship CARE Project

The Kinship CARE Project is an initiative of Secure Start®.

At Secure Start, we believe that Kinship Carers make a highly valuable contribution to the care of children in need, and to society. Yet, kinship carers do not always get the support they need.

The Kinship CARE Project reflects our commitment to providing kinship carers with knowledge and strategies that supports them in the kinship carer role.

Kinship carers are a large and diverse group, though they share many things in common. Chief amongst these is their commitment to caring for children with whom they have a relational connection, when the children cannot be at home with mum and/or dad.

Though they perform a similar role to other out-of-home carers (including those who foster or adopt), kinship carers have their own circumstances and needs. Kinship carers must have training support that is tailored to their own circumstances and needs.

The Kinship CARE Project incorporates training and resources that are strengths-based, user-friendly, and practical. In the first phase of the project, which reached 250 kinship carers across 24 metropolitan and regional implementation groups in South Australia, more than 98% of kinship carers rated each training session as informative, practical, and useful, and indicated that they would recommend the training to other kinship carers. Among kinship carers who completed the training and a follow-up survey:

  • 84% reported experiencing improved relationships with the children in their care;
  • 89% reported feeling more confident in the kinship carer role; and
  • 98% reported that they had received helpful strategies …

… as a result of their participation in the Kinship CARE Project.

Recently, an Australian Aboriginal Grandmother who participated in the Kinship CARE Project produced the artwork below to represent her experience of the Project. It blew us away. Her story of the artwork can be accessed by clicking here. Both the story of the artwork, and the artwork itself, are displayed with the consent of the artist, who hoped that it would support access to the Kinship CARE Project among Indigenous Kinship Carers. The artist also gave consent to being identified in connection with the artwork and the Kinship CARE Project.

Artist: Rose Ward, Noongar Woman

The Kinship CARE Project incorporates complementary training for professionals who support kinship carers. Contact us to discuss your training needs.

New Beginnings

Phase one of the Kinship CARE Project, which was delivered in South Australia in the Department for Child Protection’s (DCP) Kinship Care Program, came to an end in March 2020. This initial phase spanned more than two years and incorporated training for both kinship carers and DCP staff who support them. In addition, staff from other service providers, including Connecting Foster and Kinship Carers – SA, the State’s peak advocacy body for foster and kinship carers, were also trained in the Kinship CARE Curriculum.

In Phase Two of the Project we will be delivering the Kinship CARE Curriculum in partnership with a successful tendering organisation for the Department for Child Protection’s Aboriginal Kinship Care call for tenders. We are also in discussion with a number of organisations who support kinship carers in the UK and Ireland.

Information for Professionals and Organisations

To access A Short Introduction to the Kinship CARE Project, which includes additional information about the content and delivery of the Project during Phase One, please click here.


  • Grow therapeutic care environments that support a child’s recovery from adverse childhood experiences
  • Grow a common understanding, a common language, and a common approach
  • Grow confident and competent carers and support professionals
  • Grow independent problem-solving 
  • Grow service-wide fidelity and accountability

Delivered by Secure Start® and Colby Pearce, Clinical Psychologist, Author and Developer of therapeutic programmes – consulting internationally.

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