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STOP IGNORING KINSHIP CARERS. Tell the next Government to properly support the grandparents, aunts, uncles and family friends stepping up for the children they love

Every child needs love. That’s why, when parents can’t look after a child, it’s often best if they can be brought up in ‘kinship care’ - where a grandparent, uncle, aunt, sibling or family friend steps in.

Kinship care means love and stability. But for too long many politicians have overlooked these kinship carers and undervalue the role they have in keeping 141,000 children in England and Wales out of the care system. In fact, 8 in 10 kinship families aren’t getting the vital financial or practical support from their local authorities to meet their child’s needs.

This unfair system is risking thousands of children’s futures. If kinship carers can’t afford to look after them, they could lose their familiar, loving and stable home. 

This General Election, we have a HUGE opportunity to equalise support between kinship families and foster and adoptive families - but it’ll take all of us speaking out to demand change. 

Will you add your name to help send this vital message: it’s time you take action to keep children in their families. #ValueOurLove and support kinship carers NOW. 

Are you a Kinship Carer? 

A kinship carer is any family member or friend who steps in to raise a child when they cannot live with their birth parents. This includes family and friends foster carers, those with a special guardianship order (SGO) or a child arrangements order (CAO), as well as informal kinship carers with no legal order securing the arrangement. You may also hear a kinship carer referred to as a family and friends carer or a connected carer.

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