We are delighted to announce that Kinship is coordinating this year’s Kinship Care Week 2022 from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th October.
Working alongside members of the Kinship Care Alliance, local authorities and other partners, we’ll be planning fun and exciting ways to celebrate kinship carers who make huge sacrifices to keep children within loving, secure and stable families. This is a chance to recognise kinship families and the crucial roles they play in children’s lives and our society.
We’ll be sharing how you can get involved in Kinship Care Week, so check back here and on our social media channels for more information.
In the meantime, you can see a recap of Kinship Care Week 2021 below and find out more about our ongoing campaigns.
“Fostering is a well-known term, why isn’t kinship care?Jane, Kinship carer
A lack of awareness and understanding of kinship care means that kinship families remain unrecognised, undervalued, and unsupported. Raising awareness of the role and challenges kinship families face is one of the first steps to building understanding and support for kinship families. Kinship Care Week was conceived by Kinship Carers Liverpool, a charity which has always celebrated locally in October, with events and local media outreach.
- 2017: In a Reimagining Kinship Care social design workshop, kinship carers, social workers, academics, and charities came together to discuss solutions to some of the challenges faced by kinship families. They agreed that an awareness week for kinship families should become a national priority.
- 2018: Kinship (then called Grandparents Plus) joined forces with Kinship Carers Liverpool to deliver #KinshipCareWeek across England and Wales. They invited members of the Kinship Care Alliance – a group of charities committed to improving the lives of kinship families – to collaborate.
- 2020: Here’s what happened in #KinshipCareWeek 2020.
- 2021: We launched a national celebration campaign that everyone could get involved in.
#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.