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About Kinship

Kinship is the leading kinship care charity in England and Wales.

The national charity for kinship carers

At Kinship, we know how hard life can be for kinship carers. But we’ve seen the amazing things they’re capable of with someone by their side.

That’s why we support, connect and campaign. To keep kinship families stronger by keeping them together.

We’re here for all kinship carers. The grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, other family members and friends who step up to raise children when their parents aren’t able to. We want every kinship family to have the recognition, value and support they need and deserve. 

We offer kinship carers financial, legal, practical and emotional support and understanding from the moment they need it, for as long as they need it.

Our expert advice, information and guidance helps with complicated and stressful decisions that so many kinship families have to make. We’re always there to support them through difficult times and celebrate the good.

Kinship carers are strong and determined. Together, they are powerful. We help them build communities of support and action by connecting families locally and across England and Wales.

We’re at the heart of kinship networks, partnering with and influencing service providers, local and national government and other organisations. We give everything we have to fight for each family and their rights, changing society until every kinship family is recognised, valued and supported.

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More information about Kinship

Advice for kinship carers

We can advise anyone who is caring for a relative or friend’s child full time, and anyone thinking about becoming a kinship carer. Our advisers are friendly, impartial, non-judgemental and the service is confidential.
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Support for professionals

We partner with local authorities across England and Wales to demonstrate measurable results that empower kinship carers to build happy, stable homes for the children in their care.
Read about our services

Kinship care research and surveys

A comprehensive library of research, statistics and the latest developments related to kinship care. Read the latest State of the Nation, the largest annual survey of kinship carers and their experiences.
Read the latest research