Raising someone elses child
Extended family and whanau are increasingly finding themselves responsible for raising grandchildren, siblings, nephews and nieces because a child's wellbeing may be at risk without the intervention of another family member.
The child's parent may be experiencing severe problems or there may be a serious illness or a death in the family.
Children come first
Taking responsibility for another family member's child can strain relationships. You might feel torn between family loyalties and taking care of the child. Remember that what's best for the child and his or her welfare should be considered first and foremost.
This means putting their needs - now and in the future - before those of the adults involved. Children often cannot speak up for themselves, so it is important there is someone to speak up for them.
- Raising someone else's child - legal issues
- Raising someone else's child - financial assistance
- Raising someone else's child - support