12 months membership for all kinship carers in your local authority, regardless of legal order, including priority advice and information and virtual peer support groups.
The following local authorities are currently members:
- Barking & Dagenham
- East Sussex
- Hammersmith & Fulham
- Tower Hamlets
- Waltham Forest
If you work for one of these areas, you can refer a kinship carer below.
What is Kinship Membership?
Kinship Membership is our foundation offer for all kinship carers in your local authority, regardless of legal order, including priority advice and information and virtual peer support groups. It enables local authorities to offer all kinship carers some support on an area-wide basis.
You can choose to commission additional services on top of Membership, such as:
- Kinship Ready – preparation workshops for prospective special guardians
- Kinship Response – remote 1:1 support from a national project worker
- Kinship Connected – in-person 1:1 support from a project worker based locally and community-based peer support groups
- Kinship Active – peer support and activities to get kinship families active together within the community
Advice and information:
- Lifelong individual membership of our Kinship Community of 8,000+ members
- Priority access to our specialist advice service – phone, email or online form via our website
- Access to the Kinship website – regularly updated with relevant information
- Access to Facebook advice surgeries on specific topics relevant to kinship carers
- Access to regional virtual peer support groups
- Priority access to Someone Like Me peer support from a trained kinship carer volunteer
Support for practitioners:
- Membership of Kinship Professionals network
- Reduced rate on workforce development services
- Logo on Kinship website & Kinship logo for use
- Branded collateral to use for promotion with special guardians
Who is Kinship Membership for?
Kinship Membership is for any kinship carer – that’s any friend or family member caring full-time for a child whose parents are unable to look after them – regardless of legal order regardless of legal order and whatever stage they are at in their caring journey. Kinship carers who do not live in the local authority but have an order from a local authority that has commissioned Membership can still access the support, as can those who live in the local authority but whose child’s order is not from that local authority.
What difference does it make?
“The volunteer on the Someone Like Me Programme is brilliant and has made such a difference to me. It just helps talking to someone who is going through the same thing as me.”
“I felt like I was in the dark for so long until I got the support from Kinship and really understood my role and rights as a special guardian. The support from the Midlands support group is beyond helpful. Thank you”
“I was not keen on going to a virtual support group but I’m so glad that the project worker slowly encouraged me to join, I was made to feel very welcome, have enjoyed every session and now feel that I have friends who understand what it’s like to be a special guardian. I feel privileged to be part of the group and want to help others now”
“You are the shining light in all of this, you call me and listen to me, and give me good advice, or ideas of what to do, thank you”
How do I get Kinship Membership in my area?
Kinship Membership is available for commissioning. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Other support we offer
The Kinship Care Guide for England contains everything kinship carers need to know. Bulk order for kinship carers in your local authority and receive a 15% discount.
Join our Kinship Care Professionals Network to stay up-to-date with news from the world of kinship care, find out about new developments and services, and the latest events and research reports.
Research, statistics and the latest developments related to kinship care.
All kinship carers, regardless of legal order, can access our free, specialist advice service – online, via email or over the phone.
All kinship carers can join our free community where they can take part in surveys and campaigns, discuss issues that affect them, attend events, share tips and advice, and hear about discounts, local events, days out and much more.