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Children in care

Sometimes children or young people are unable to live at home with their birth families.

Out-of-home care is for children and young people who are unable to live with their parents and includes foster care and kinship care.

Foster carers and kinship carers provide a temporary caring home for a child or young person while their parents or caregivers and family members receive support to help them work out difficulties.

Visit the Department for Child Protection's website

For more information about children in care, visit the links below.

Become a foster carer

Find out who can be a foster carer and learn more about what’s involved

Support for children in care

Learn more about the support available for children and young people in care


Learn about adopting a child, accessing information about parents and adopted children and adoption guidelines.