Kinship Care Week takes place on 4 – 10 October and is our chance to spread the word about kinship families and the selfless dedication and love kinship carers show to children who so desperately need them.
Did you know there are around 200,000 children in kinship care across England and Wales?
There are more children in kinship care than there are in adopted or foster families, but there is a distinct lack of government legislation and investment in kinship care, and carers often go without any financial, practical and emotional support.
How can you get involved?
We know that kinship carers can feel undervalued and unsupported, so we want #KinshipCareWeek to put them in the spotlight and let them know just how important they are.
We’ve set up a dedicated website so that you can share a message of celebration and thanks via video, photo or message.
We will then share your videos, pictures, and messages of love and support with the rest of the world on our website and across our social media channels. We hear so many stories of love, sacrifice and devotion, and they all deserve to be heard.
There is also a downloadable pack of assets for you to use to help spread the word and show your support. Make sure you use #KinshipCareWeek and tag @kinshipcharity so we can share your messages with the rest of the world.
When did #KinshipCareWeek start?
In 2018, Kinship (then Grandparents Plus) united with Kinship Carers Liverpool to deliver Kinship Care Week across England and Wales. Year-on-year, the celebration week has evolved, with charities and local authorities holding events, getting involved in our social media campaign to share stories, get media attention, and much more.
Kinship Care Week provides grounds to spread the word and enable kinship carers and families to feel valued, be recognised and be celebrated in the long term. Find out more here.