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.

Our 2019 survey and campaign

The results of our survey of over 1,100 kinship carers are in, and they paint a picture of chaos and confusion when kinship carers first take on the care of a child. Find out how you can help us create a change!


Author: Rosie Horton

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

  • 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

  • Why kinship care needs to be recognised in law

    As austerity begins to loosen its grip and money starts to trickle back into the system, it’s worth looking at how pioneering local authorities have been working with us to support kinship carers, and why kinship care needs to be recognised in law. Read more

  • Karen's story: A never ending crisis

    Karen's life changed in an instant when she discovered that her daughter was very unwell. She took in her granddaughter and has faced a never ending crisis of bringing up her grandchild and getting the help her daughter desperately needs, often in emergency, life threatening situations. Read more