Kinship Care

old-man-greyKinship care is when a child is looked after by a grandparent or other close relative because it is not possible for them to remain with their birth parents. 

It is estimated that over 200,000 grandparents in the UK care for one or more grandchild. Of these 67% are as a result of substance misuse.

Looking after a child can have an impact on the grandparents, such as financial difficulties, poor health, and changes to personal and work circumstances. Life is often a double-edged sword for grandparents, as they cope with their child’s substance misuse and with caring for their grandchildren, and they often report all areas of their lives being affected through being a kinship carer.

I had to change my whole life….I was with somebody for 14 years who I had to give up when my grand-daughter came to live with me”.

Similarly this also has a large impact on the children, including feeling rejected, confusion about not being able to see their parents, disrupted sleep and routines and developmental delays.

“I think she is confused and you can see she’s spiteful……but she’s polite, she’s intelligent, very intelligent but I think her poor little head must be spinning with what goes on”

Benefits of Kinship Caregala-girl

Aquarius steps in to help support these Kinship Carers by offering: