kinship care

Families come in many shapes and sizes and they all have their own challenges. Our Kinship Care team helps families where children or young people are cared for by a relative or a close family friend.

As a kinship carer you may face a variety of challenges and we can support you by listening to you and helping you with the many issues that can arise. We can also advise you about the support and financial help that may be available to you.

You can meet and chat to other kinship carers at our monthly support group meetings in Geelong or Colac. At these meetings you can share stories, challenges and successes with others in the same situation.


We can help you with difficult child behaviour, find camps and holiday programs for your children and also help you to remember to take care of yourself.

If you are a kinship carer in the City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire, Borough of Queenscliffe, Colac Otway Shire, and Corangamite Shire call 1300 557 611 for information and advice or just for a chat.

Industry professionals can also call the advice line.