Kinship Care Week

Kinship Care Week (first week in October) is a national week to raise awareness, understanding, and recognition of the role of kinship carers. We want all our kinship carers in Bridgend to know that we appreciate everything they do.

“Thank you for everything you do to make children feel safe, happy and loved.” – Amanda, team manager

What is kinship care?

“A kinship carer is a relative, friend or other connected person who is looking after a child that cannot safely live with their parents. Sometimes kinship carers are known as family and friends carers” (Family Rights Group, 12th September 2022) 

It’s estimated that around half of kinship carers are grandparents, but many other relatives including older siblings, aunts, uncles, as well as family friends and neighbours can also be kinship carers.

Kinship’s CEO Dr Lucy Peake said:

“Kinship carers make huge sacrifices to keep children within loving, secure, and stable families. The week is an opportunity to recognise the crucial roles they play in children’s lives and our society.”

We value every kinship carer in Bridgend

Kinship care is a valued and important part of fostering. We are extremely grateful to everyone who makes a long-term commitment to look after children in Bridgend. 

#KinshipCareWeek puts kinship carers in the spotlight. But it’s not just about one week. We want kinship carers to be recognised, valued, and supported all the time. The theme this year is #DoOneThing, to raise awareness and put our kinship carers in the spotlight.

Where possible, we try to keep children with their families or friends. If we can’t do this – we place children with our mainstream foster carers. We recognise that most children feel secure, settled and safe and experience close and positive relationships with their kinship carers. 

“I’m very lucky. My two granddaughters are a dream to care for. I don’t necessarily use all the training opportunities available, such as therapeutic care etc. but I know that the support is there with Bridgend if ever I did need it.” – kinship carer with foster wales Bridgend


Thank you to all our kinship carers

There are positive research findings for children in the care system who are being raised by family and friends. But we recognise the additional stressors that can be placed on kinship carers and the often complex family dynamics. This is one of the reasons we do our best to support our kinship carers as much as we can, and want to thank them for the incredible work they do.

These families are central to successful fostering in our area, and we have developed teams of social workers, and learning and development opportunities to support our carers. There is additional support for all forms of kinship carer, whether they’re approved kinship carers, informal carers or carers of children under different orders. Support such as special guardianship with third sector organisations such as

As with mainstream foster care, kinship placements can come to an end if the children return to their parents or reach adulthood. Having family members or friends looking after children in Bridgend can keep children in a stable environment with access to their friends and family. We know this can make difficult situations easier. Sometimes kinship carers have continued their fostering journey with us after their family placements have ended by going on to be assessed and become mainstream carers.

We would like to thank all of our amazing kinship carers in Bridgend and hope we can do our bit to raise awareness of the invaluable work that these families do.

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