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Half of kinship carers have to give up work to care for the kin child

Four-fifths of kinship carers have been left ill-informed of the legal options

The Family Rights Group has published a new report – Doing the right thing: A report on the experiences of kinship carers – which considers the experiences of friends and relatives who are raising children who are unable to safely live with their parents.

The report finds that:

The report is based on an analysis of data from calls by kinship carers to Family Rights Group Advice Service in the financial year 2014/15, and an online survey of 579 kinship carers conducted by Family Rights Group in 2015, with support from members of the Kinship Care Alliance.

Amongst a range of recommendations, the FRG urges the government to impose on local authorities a duty, properly funded, to ensure potential kinship placements are explored and assessed for suitability before a child becomes looked after, except in emergencies. The group also wants the government to fund free, specialist independent legal advice and information services to kinship carers.

The report is here.