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Bradford has questions to answer to Foster and Kinship carers!

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The recent "Muslim foster carers" row ended with the child placed in Kinship Care.

This letter from a Professor at York University to The Guardian highlights the benefits of Grandparents and Kinship Care.

"Gaby Hinsliff provides a searching analysis of how child “AB” has become “a pawn in a bigger political game” (Who will safeguard the victims of our cultural wars?, 1 September).

However, as well as highlighting the positive contribution of foster carers, mention should also be made of kinship carers – grandparents, uncles and aunts or close family friends. It is now little AB’s grandmother who will be responsible for her care.

Research shows that kinship carers provide a strong family and cultural identity, with the child not seeing themselves as “in care”, and they stick with them through troubled times – although they often lack the financial, practical and personal support they need.

Analysis of census data carried out in 2011 showed that just under 7,000 children in care in England were “looked after” by kinship carers and a further 136,497, or 95%, living in informal kinship care.

It is also of note that in the UK, just under 20% of young people are placed with kinship carers compared to just under half in Spain (more than those living in foster or residential care) – and that there is great variation in usage between English local authorities.

This evidence clearly suggests the need for kinship care to receive far greater recognition and resources as part of a continuum of care services for children unable to be cared for at home.
Mike Stein
Emeritus professor, University of York
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The Grandparents Legal Centre are specialists in advising about the steps grandparents need to take to try and resolve certain difficult issues.  These can include contact to Grandchildren, taking on children when a parent can not look after a child, divorcing in later life and Grandparents being involved in care proceedings involving a grandchild. We hope to be able to give you information about Grandparents rights through the family courts.

When relationships break down in families, grandparents, who have been a major part of children’s lives, are sometimes denied any contact. 42% of grandparents lose contact with their grandchildren when their parents separate.

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