Just like foster carers and adults who have adopted children, kinship carers play a vital role in helping children and young people in Leeds to grow up in an environment that is safe, healthy and happy.
You are a kinship carer if you are looking after the child of a relative or friend on a full time basis, whether this is a temporary or permanent arrangement.
The biggest group of kinship carers are grandparents, but there are many others including older brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, more distant relatives, family friends and neighbours.
Kinship care can be arranged in formal or more informal ways and in both cases there is support available. It’s important to understand the implications of different legal situations, as you may have choices to make and the responsibilities you have – and the support provided – varies. To ensure you get the right support it is important that the local authority know about your circumstances.
If you would like to talk to somebody about being or becoming a kinship carer, the team at Leeds City Council would be happy to talk this through. You can contact them on 0113 247 4654.