Candidates: please pledge your support for kinship families here

Kinship carers step in to care for children whose parents are unable to look after them and keep families together. It is estimated that there are 200,000 children being brought up by family members or friends – that’s three times the number of children in foster care - and it is increasing.

Kinship care is one of the main ways to provide a sense of security, continuity and belonging for children who cannot live with their parents.

As an alternative to children growing up in the care system, children in kinship care generally have better outcomes. Yet kinship carers tell us that they feel isolated, abandoned and ‘hung out to dry’ compared to the support foster carers and adoptive parents receive and that without proper, ongoing support they are concerned about their ability to continue. If they can't there's a real risk that many more children will enter the care system.

This is why Grandparents Plus is calling on all candidates to pledge their support for:

  1. A Kinship Care Act 
  2. Specialist and independent advice 
  3. Comprehensive support 
  4. An informed and supportive network

You can read our full vision for kinship care here