Whether you're a grandparent, family member or friend, taking on care of a child is always complicated, and it's likely that you'll need independent advice at some stage of the process.  The first thing to remember is that you're not alone, that there's support out there for people in your situation, and opportunities to meet other people going through the same thing.  

You can:

Check out our advice pages

Whether you're a new kinship carer or have lots of experience, our advice pages have lots of up to date information on financial issues, legal orders, work, housing, education and more.  

Contact our advice service

Our specialist advice service provides support to all kinship carers, wherever you are in your journey.  It's independent, confidential, and non-judgmental, and our professional advisers can talk you through all elements of your situation, including giving advice on available benefits, allowances and how to navigate children's services.  They can also signpost you to other organisations that might be able to help you, and apply for grants on your behalf. Contact us on 0300 123 7015 or at [email protected]

Speak to a Someone Like Me volunteer

Someone Like Me volunteers support our advisers through the delivery of a telephone peer support service.  They understand what you are going through and will offer a listening ear, providing much needed emotional support.  If you would like to talk to a Someone Like Me volunteer, contact our advice team on 0300 123 7015 or at [email protected], and they will arrange for a volunteer to give you a call. 

Join our support network

Sign up to our support network to find out about events in your area, keep up to date with what's going on in the world of kinship care and help us campaign for a fairer deal for grandparents, family members and friends raising children.  You'll also find out about ways you can get involved with Grandparents Plus.  Sign up here.

Find a support group

There are a number of support groups across the country.  Find your nearest group here.

Join our Kinship Connected or Relative Experience programmes

We've currently got Kinship Connected programmes offering tailored support to kinship carers running in the boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Barnet, Bromley, Camden, Enfield, Haringey, Hackney, Havering, Islington, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, Southwark and Waltham Forest, and in Bradford, Calderdale, Gatehead, Kirklees, Leeds, Redcar & Cleveland, and Wakefield. For more information on getting support in those areas click here.  Check out their pages to get involved.