Kinship Care Alliance


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.

What is kinship care?

Kinship care is ‘any circumstance where a child is in the care of a friend or family member other than their parent’. This is also known as family and friends care. Kinship carers are commonly grandparents, but can be brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, or close family friends, who have stepped in to raise a child who is unable to live with their parents. More than 180,000 children are raised by relatives in the UK and there are others cared for by friends.

Kinship care arrangements can include: kinship foster care, children who are subject to a Special Guardianship Order, Child Arrangements Order or Residence Order, and children living in an informal arrangement where there is no court order (which includes private fostering arrangements).