This week Pembrokeshire County Council are celebrating Kinship Care Week
What is kinship care?
Kinship care often begins with a family crisis, with a child whose parents are no longer able to care for them. When a loved one steps in – a grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle or family friend, they become a kinship carer, bringing up the children they love.
Kinship families in the UK are raising over 200,000 children and kinship care can be life changing and challenging, there’s often little chance to prepare. Plans are pushed aside. Relationships, jobs and savings are sacrificed. Yet kinship carers do it without a thought for themselves because they put the children first.
Kinship Care Week increases understanding and recognition of the role of kinship carers and the challenges they often face, but importantly, it’s also an opportunity to thank kinship carers for the incredible job they do raising children.
We’re ready for Kinship Care Week!
This year, we’re working with Grandparents Plus to celebrate Kinship Care Week online. We are asking kinship families to share selfies, pictures of their families, and stories about what makes them a #ProudKinshipCarer or part of a #ProudKinshipFamily. Kinship carers and people who work with kinship carers can follow the hashtag #KinshipCareWeek and share their stories and images online.
Pembrokeshire Kinship Connected online support group. This support group consists of kinship carers from Pembrokeshire coming together to share stories, training opportunities, support each other, and exchange advice and coping mechanisms. It is supported by Tracey McCarney and Steve Lewis from The Family Placement Team. The next online support groups will be on Thursday 5th November 10:30-11:30am and Thursday 3rd December 10:30-11:30am. If you would like more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 07825365150.
Who are Grandparents Plus?
Grandparents Plus is the leading kinship care charity in the UK. They support kinship carers in their homes and communities, giving advice and helping them work through problems to find the best way forward. Kinship carers who need support can get in touch here: www.grandparentsplus.org.uk or call 0300 123 7015