children and young people stay in care until they are able to safely return
home. Therefore, children and young people can stay in care for varying lengths
of time. This may be anything from a few days or weeks to allow the birth
family to get 'back on track', or for months or even years. Where a return to
their birth parents is not possible, every effort is made to locate a
member of the child’s extended family to care for them. We call this kinship care. For some children it takes longer to achieve
this goal and they need to remain in care for a longer time, occasionally until
they are 18 years old.
following sections provide further information on what to expect as a carer, tips on how you can help a child
settle into your home and ways to connect children to family and their culture.