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Therapeutic Kinship Care: A Carer's Perspective

  • Lynne McPherson (a1) and Noel MacNamara (a2)


Kinship-care placements in Australia are now more prevalent than foster care and are the fastest growing form of out-of-home care in this country (AIHW, 2014). On 30 June 2013, 93% of Australian children in out-of-home care were in home-based care, with 43% of these in foster care and 48% in relative/kinship care (AIHW, 2014). The past decade has seen a greater understanding of children's needs in out-of-home care, with models of therapeutic care showing promise in Australia and internationally. These models, however, are designed almost exclusively for children placed in foster care or residential care, and as such do not consider the unique features of kinship care. This paper will identify the needs of children in out-of-home care, before briefly examining the concepts of therapeutic foster care as a response to children who have experienced trauma. Key distinctions between foster care and kinship care will be highlighted and implications for a conceptual model of therapeutic kinship care discussed.


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address for correspondence: Dr Lynne McPherson, Lecturer, Department of Social Work and Social Policy, La Trobe University Bundoora, 3068, Australia. E-mail:


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Therapeutic Kinship Care: A Carer's Perspective

  • Lynne McPherson (a1) and Noel MacNamara (a2)


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