News & research Latest news January news 2019 Ambitions I’m sure you’ve seen our video showcasing the highlights from 2018. Thanks to your support we achieved so much, and we’re not stopping there. We spoke to the Grandparents Plus team to find out their ambitions for 2019. Read the blog £12million extension to the Adoption Support Fund (ASF) More special guardians than ever could benefit from additional support after the Adoption Support Fund (ASF) was increased by £12million. The fund pays for therapeutic support for children who have left care under a special guardianship order. We are campaigning to make the fund available to more families but in the meantime if you think your child might be eligible, get in touch with your local authority to request an assessment. Find out more Kinship carers working for change We work closely with kinship carers to drive change in research, policy and practice. Thanks to the carers who continue to contribute, and our project workers for their support. In the last month we have carried out a consultaiton for the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board, had our voices heard at the Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care, and contributed to new research on grandparent kinship care. Pictured are our project workers Sharon and Maxine sharing their thoughts with Children's Minister Nadhim Zahawi MP. Do you need support in your area? We're still looking for kinship carers, who have not accessed support through our Kinship Connected Programme, to complete a short survey on the health and wellbeing of you and your children. We want to demonstrate the difference that Kinship Connected can make to the lives of kinship carers, so we can make the programme available nationwide. Take the survey Grandparents Plus in the press Thanks to kinship carers like Meyrem and Dawn, who share their stories, we continue to get local and national media coverage for kinship care. We spoke to The Telegraph about the Parliamentary Taskforce, and changing the system which ignores and exploits kinship carers. Chief Executive Lucy Peake, along with kinship carer Dawn and her grandson, featured on BBC South. We spoke to BBC London Radio about kinship care and the work we're doing in London. New year, new challenge If you're starting 2019 determined to take on a new challenge, or help raise money for charity, we've got a great opportunity for you.We're looking for people to run the Royal Parks Half Marathon for us this year. It's a great chance to raise awareness for kinship care, as well as funds that directly support families through our advice service. Run for us To receive news and updates straight to your inbox, sign up to our Kinship Care Network here.