Kinship (formerly Grandparents Plus) calls
on all political parties and candidates in the Welsh Parliament
elections to support a vision for a society in
which all kinship carers and the children they care for in Wales are recognised, valued and supported.
Wales has the highest proportion of kinship care in
the United Kingdom.
Kinship carers step in to care for children whose parents
are unable to look after them and keep families together. They keep
children out of the care system.
Will you support them?
An estimated 10,000 children are being
brought up by family members or friends in Wales - that’s one
in 67 children.
care often begins in crisis. A child whose parents are unable to care for them,
for whatever reason. It’s frightening, confusing and
It is life changing
and challenging raising children who’ve lost their parents, but
kinship carers do it without a thought for themselves because they
put the children first.
you to pledge your support for kinship carers in Wales. Please
add your name below.
elected to the Senedd in 2021 I pledge to push for these four key
priorities for kinship carers in Wales:
Kinship Care Act:
Kinship care must be recognised in law.
and independent advice:
Kinship carers can access the allowances and benefits they are entitled
They have access to free, independent legal advice to make informed
decisions about the care arrangements they make for the child.
Kinship carers can access and be signposted to peer support groups in
their local areas.
Specific and personalised support matching the needs of every kinship
family as soon as they are asked to look after the child, for as long as
they need it.
This includes financial support, one-to-one and peer support, support with
contact, priority housing and targeted support for all kinship
informed and supportive network:
All agencies, organisations and service providers trained and working
together to provide an integrated response to the challenges of kinship
care. The response is focussed on the needs of the kinship children
and their families, for as long as they need it.