Kinship "Foster" Carers
 A place for those who care

"Raising Awareness of Kinship Care" - Find us on Facebook, just click  here 
June is the month for raising awareness, however we hope to keep the momentum up throughout the year!  Well done to Graham one of our members who has put into words how most of us feel....

As one of thousands of relatives who are raising children who cannot be cared for by their parents, I feel we are not getting the recognition we deserve. The issue of adoption is getting a lot of media attention but many people don't recognize that when children are abused or neglected or when parents have died or misused drugs/alcohol it is usua...lly the grandparents or family members who step in to care for these vulnerable children and raise them; these kinship carers give children stable and loving homes. Research shows that two thirds struggle on very low incomes and often have to give up their jobs or businesses to care for these children. The current system of support is not working; politicians must create a fairer and more transparent system including early intervention with easy access to specialised support for some of the children, who are emotionally damaged, and financial allowances to keep these children from poverty. Relatives who step in to care for these children save the country £12billion by keeping them out of care. The families need and deserve a fairer deal for the sake of these children.

June - Month of Action

 How you can help.


(1) Meet with your local Councillor or MP; if you can go as a group, even better.  Get the press involved if you can - if not, try to get a photograph of you with the MP and write a piece yourself and submit it to your local paper.

(2) Organise a get together with other Kinship Carers - again, try to get some media interest and photographs.

(3) Hold a stall at another organisation's offices or event, eg, a school fair or a community festival or get together.

(4) Write a letter to your local newspaper. highlighting the contribution that Kinship Carers make and the support that we are looking for from the Government.  Also try getting it into a school newsletter or Council newsletter.

(5) Organise a photo opportunity or publicity stunt; invite your local MP/Councillor to attend; some suggestions are:-

  bake a cake with a message on

  make cardboard letters with a message

  get the kids to make a collage or picture using their handprints; both Hetty's and Annabel Roberts (Cambs) have used this tactic in the past, to great effect.

  Hold a teddy bears picnic (more about this below)

  Hold a candle lit vigil

  a photograph with a local celebrity/sports star, etc - your local football team is a good place to look as well.

  Children and Carers dressing up; themed around the national events or superheroes.

Take plenty of photos and send them in to Grandparents Plus as they would like to display as many as possible on their website and use some in the newsletter.

If you do get media interest, you can ask for the children's faces to be obscured (as well as your own); this will also highlight some of the everyday problems we face that other families don't.  

Why not use your usual Kinship Meetings to have the picnic so you can get as many people together as the same time?.... Remember.  Only YOU can make this work.

We are really hoping that you will all get behind this as Grandparents Plus and KFCG have been working really hard alongside each other to do something that would not only raise awareness but also be fun and accessible for everyone.


Kinship Care awareness raising products

The blue handprint logo is quickly becoming recognised as a symbol that represents Kinship Care.  Here's your chance to support this cause and raise awareness.

You can purchase the blue handprint logo as a decal sticker which can be placed on most surfaces such as cars, caravans, motorbikes, windows, etc.
We also have a supply of Kinship Foster Carers Group flexible magnets.

Displaying the logo prompts people to ask what the handprint represents; giving you an opportunity to inform/educate them about Kinship Care.

Kinship Handprint Stickers £1.50 each plus 80p p&p

Kinship Handprint flexible magnet £1 each plus 80p p&p

Kinship Teddy Keyring £3 each plus £1.50 p&p

   Please message us if you are interested in purchasing any of our awareness raising products   

This is aimed to be a non-profit awareness raising excise; excess funds raised will be donated to Kinfest our not-for-profit part of the group that organises social events throughout the year for Kinship Carers and their families.


Balloon Release

(Held during Kinfest 2011)

We released 150 Kinship Care balloons - each one was sponsored and the money raised is in the process of being donated to Family Rights Group and Grandparents Plus.


If you have a Facebook or Twitter account, you can add a picbadge to display the Kinship Blue Handprint.  Just click this link  Handprint picbadge