Kinship care also known as friends and family care usually refers to formal or informal situations in which children are cared for by someone other than their birth parents, most often (but notalways) a member of their wider family. This may include situations when the child has been removed from the care of his or her birth parents with a court order. As these situations usually involve a child moving from the care of their birth parent/s into the care of adults who may or may not be related to the child and who may or may not have had a signifi cant involvement with the child prior to the move, this raises axiomatically questions as to the potential effect on the childs attachment relationships and the expression of their attachment needs.
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