We are the national kinship care charity. We want kinship carers and the children they are raising to be recognised, valued and supported. There are 200,000 children in UK being raised by relatives or friends because their parents can no longer look after them.

What is kinship care?

Kinship care can be any situation where a child is living full-time with grandparents or another relative. Find out more.


Author: Maeve Thompson

Bev's story

When Bev’s grandchildren arrived on her doorstep one day, they were devastated and traumatised. Watch a film of her story



Advice for kinship carers

All kinship carers can use our services. Whether you are a grandparent, sibling, other family member or friend raising children who can no longer live with their parents. Find advice here.




Advice & support

Despite stepping in to care for vulnerable children, most kinship carers aren't entitled to statutory support.

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Last year our advice service supported over 2,000 families.
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Latest news

  • A letter to candidates during the 2019 general election

    In her open letter Dr Lucy Peake calls on all candidates to pledge their support for kinship carers in the run up to the 2019 general election. Read more

  • Kinship care in the news

    Kinship care needs to be moved up the agenda and one of the ways we're doing that is by hitting the headlines. Here's a summary of our recent coverage Read more

  • Pupil Premium Plus - deadline January 2020

    Kinship Carers will need to declare their child’s Special Guardianship Order or Child Arrangements Order (previously Residence Order) status to the school before January 2020 for schools to receive funding in the following financial year. Read more