Friends & Family (Kinship) Carers

What is Friend and Family (Kinship) Care?

Kinship care may include people who are not related to the child but who are still in the child’s social network.  For example someone the child knows well and trusts; a good neighbour, a parent of a school friend or a close family friend.  Sometimes this type of care is called family and friends care because this more accurately describes what it is, and kinship foster carers are sometimes called connected persons.

Please ask your Supervising Social Worker for a copy of the CoramBaaf Advice notes.

Kinship Care FAQs?

What is a Special Guardianship order?

Special Guardianship means that the child lives with carers who have parental responsibility for them until they are grown up. The child is no longer the responsibility of the local authority.

The order usually lasts until the child is 18.

Who can apply to be a Special Guardian?

You must be over 18 years and have an existing or possible relationship with the child. You could be:
– Grandparents
– Aunt/uncle
– Brother/sister
– Other relative.

Also you don’t have to be a blood relative. You can be a:
– Family friend
– Other relationships
– Unrelated Foster Carer’s.

Prospective special guardians fall into five categories:
– Foster Carer’s who have been approved by local authorities or an independent foster carer who is not connected to the child
– Family and friends carers who have been approved as foster carers by their local authorities
– Family and friends carers who are temporarily approved
– Family and friends who are not caring for a child who is placed with the local authorities or independent foster care providers
– Lastly unknown applicants.

These eligibility requirements are formed in order to guarantee a large group of people with existing ties to the child can apply.

I’ve developed a bond with the child concerned, what can I do?

If you have a bond with the child, you can do the following:

– Secure a legal framework
– Ensure the child’s long-term progression
– Show that the bond between the two of you has formed
– Lastly; trust, respect and security have now been established.

If you’d like to learn more about Kinship Carers, we’d be happy to talk with you.