In its broadest sense, kinship care is any living arrangement in which children live with neither of their parents but instead are cared for by a relative or someone with whom they have an emotional bond. “Kin” means “family” or “relative” although many child welfare agencies use the term to refer to godparents, family friends, or others who have an attachment to a child, but are not blood relatives.
CECW archives material
CECW Information Sheet #42E. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work.