Support our campaigns to ensure that kinship carers are recognised and respected for the extremely valuable work that they do. We need to ensure that people know about kinship carers. You can raise awareness by writing to your MP or the councillor responsible for children’s services in your local area by following the links below.
Our current campaigns:
Back the Kinship Care Alliance’s campaign for better support for kinship care in the Children and Families Bill
The Children and Families Bill is currently being considered by Parliament. We have significant concerns that some of the provisions, particularly Clause 1 Foster for Adoption could result in some children being placed with potential adopters despite there having been:
• no court proceedings
• no court decision that the child should be permanently removed from their parents
• no legal advice given to the parents.
New Grandparents Plus research, ‘Giving up the day job?’ shows that almost half (47%) of carers who were previously working gave up their job when the child moved in. 41% are now dependent on welfare benefits, yet 83% said they wanted to stay in work. The government must stop these carers being forced out of work unnecessarily.
Click here to email your MP calling for more rights for kinship carers to take parental leave and flexible working.
Is your local council supporting kinship carers? Do they have a policy stating what support carers are entitled to? If they do have one is it clear and supportive or difficult and unhelpful? You can find out by following the link and entering your postcode!
Local councils were required by law to have published a policy on how they will treat family and friends carers by the end of September 2011. Many councils have still not done it! Click here to find out if your local council has a policy!