Kinship care, as defined by the United Nations, is ‘family-based care within the child’s extended family or close friends of the family known to the child, whether formal or informal in nature’.

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Samaritans provides a number of services to support kinship carers in their important role:

  • Case Work Support – a Kinship Care Caseworker can help with information and advice, as well as linking families up with other services such as Centrelink, support groups, childcare, schools, counselling, disability services and programs to support children and young people.
  • Training and Workshops – topics can include child development, effects of trauma, supporting teenagers. Our training can be adapted to the group needs and interests.
  • Peer Support Groups – friendship groups provide a welcoming space for sharing information, lots of laughs and supporting of one another. They are held in 10 different locations across Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, the Hunter region and Port Stephens. Groups are supported by volunteers from Anglican Parishes and a Samaritans case manager.
  • Facilitated play sessions

Who we assist

Our Kinship Care service can assist any kinship/relative carers and their families.

Contact us

Upper Hunter
Sam Elliott
Phone: 0439 593 984

Port Stephens/Lower Hunter
Heather Robinson
Phone: 0429 914 553

Lake Macquarie/Newcastle
Sue Walker
Phone: 0429 066 315


Call us to enquire about the service
02 4922 1508

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