What we do
- Identify, promote and represent the views of kinship carers in decision-making processes
- Inform and train carers to enable them to better perform their role as carers
- Advocate the needs of kinship carers with decision makers
- Promote and assist in the delivery of programs designed to support kinship carers.
In 2011 the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) funded Grandparents Victoria to establish a kinship carer network across Victoria and to act as the peak group representing the views of kinship carers.
KCV’s aim is to have kinship carers in Victoria supported in their role according to their needs and the needs of the children they care for.
As your peak body KCV works to ensure that kinship carers are:
– appreciated for their contribution to the overall wellbeing of the community
– represented in decision making forums
– assisted with funded programs that address their needs and the needs of the children in their care
– informed of developments and services affecting their role
– enabled and empowered to shape theirs and the lives of the children in their care according to their culture and aspirations.
KCV’s mission is to ensure that kinship care leads to positive outcomes for the children and young people raised in kinship care placements.
A key factor in reaching this goal is making sure that the carers are adequately supported to fulfil their caring role.