Kinship care is care for a child by relatives or family friends in the case that a parent cannot look after them. It provides an alternative to traditional residential or foster care for children separated from their parents.

It helps children remain in their families and communities, which can have a number of benefits which range from better mental health to improved educational outcomes.

Currently, there are thousands of children living in both formal and informal kinship care arrangements in the Republic of Ireland. Jacqueline intends on expanding the work of KCNI into the Republic of Ireland, but her work will not stop there. Ineffective care systems impact destitute children all over the world; supporting care by family members can create important positive change for children, families, and governments.

Find out more: http://www.kinshipcareni.com/

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