A good practice guide for professionals placing children from local authority care with family members abroad

Kinship care is a term used in the United Kingdom for the raising of children by grandparents, other extended family members, and significant others with whom they have a close family-like relationship. Kinship placements are usually considered when the parents are not able to care for the child(ren).

Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB) has issued a guide on international kinship care placements and minimizing breakdown when Looked After Children are placed with family overseas.

Statistics have shown that in 2019, 34.3% of all children born in England and Wales had either one or both parents born outside of the UK, up from 33.8% in 2018. 

This guidance focuses on:

  • the steps which should be taken whilst assessing potential carers overseas,
  • recommendations for the ongoing relationship between the relevant authorities in each country to ensure that responsibilities are clear and are mutually agreed,
  • barriers to permanency that would need to be considered before placement, or which would need additional support for the child and carer in order to ensure that the child has a successful and permanent placement, and as well
  • hopes to inspire confidence in local authorities to explore and pursue international kinship care placements on a greater scale,

To learn more about kinship care and the entire process, please check the guide here.

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