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Kinship care as an alternative to non-relative foster care.

Kinship care is an arrangement where a child is placed in the care of relative or godparent. Kinship is becoming ever more prevalent because of the national shortage of foster carers.

In some cases, it is an elegant solution, allowing the child to preserve a sense of normality.

However, in other cases it can be an extreme risk. If a child has been removed from parental care because of abuse it is vital to restrict the access birth parents can have to the child. This may not be possible in kinship care. Kin caregivers are also more likely to share the same issues as the birth parents, who have harmed the child in the first instance.

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