Kinship Care Week 2021 (4 – 10 October) is a national week to raise awareness, understanding, and recognition of the role of kinship carers. It’s an opportunity to thank and celebrate kinship carers, and to raise awareness across England and Wales.
“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 are proud to launch the dedicated website and a national celebration campaign that everyone can 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.