Who Are We?
We are made up of a group of organisations which subscribe to a set of shared aims and beliefs on the issue of family and friends care. We meet regularly to develop a joint policy agenda and agree strategies to promote our aims.
The aims of the Kinship Care Alliance are to:
- Prevent children from being unnecessarily raised outside the family
- Enhance outcomes for children who cannot live with their parents and who are living with relatives
- Secure improved recognition and support for family and friends carers.
Agenda for Action 2017 – please support our campaign
The Kinship Care Alliance has published an Agenda for Action setting out recommendations that we think need to be implemented following the general election 2017.
We want to see the following changes:
- That children who cannot live with their parents are able to grow up within their wider family wherever possible, taking account of children's wishes and feelings.
- That children living in family and friends care are not overlooked and have their needs met.
- That children and their family and carers are not plunged into poverty and are assisted not penalised by the benefits and welfare system.
- That family and friends carers have access to free legal advice and information services to protect the children.
- That family and friends carers are enabled to stay in work and not forced to give up their jobs when taking on the care of the children.
Parliamentary working group on family and friends care
We are setting up a cross party parliamentary working group of peers and MPs with an interest in family and friends care. The aim is to increase awareness about, and support for, children in family and friends care, and to highlight the importance of this option for children who cannot live with their parents.
- Please get in touch with your local MP and encourage them to join the working group;