At Adopt London, we understand that Special Guardians (also called kinship carers) often need the same support as adopters. We have a wealth of connections, local support services, and networking groups that Special Guardians can tap into and share their experiences.
If you live in or have had a child placed with you from any of our 23 London Boroughs, we can help direct you to some support during the COVID pandemic.
Kinship is the leading kinship care charity. They provide emotional, practical support and advice for all special guardians. At Adopt London we are offering free memberships to their services until May 2021. The service you can access include:
- Specialist information and advice – benefits, financial issues, housing, education, legal issues and contact with family members
- Grants for essential items and laptops to support homeschooling
- Virtual peer support groups to meet other special guardians
- Live advice surgeries on Facebook to answer any queries you may have
- A chat on the phone with one of their trained kinship carer Someone Like Me volunteers
- Membership of their Kinship Community of over 8,000 kinship carers to receive regular e-news about the latest developments in the world of kinship care
If you would like to improve your wellbeing, share your concerns and experiences with other kinship families in the same situation, feel less isolated, and receive help with financial worries, you can get in touch with one of their advice team.
Call on 0300 033 9851 Monday – Thursday 10am-2pm. Or complete this self-referral form and one of their advisers will get back to you.
Watch their animated film – ‘Something to be proud of’ to see how they help kinship families.
Family Rights Group
The Family Rights Group is a charity that can give advice and information to Special Guardians.
- Offering a free and confidential telephone and digital advice service providing legal and practical advice to families.
- Supporting kinship carers, who are raising a relative or a friend’s child
- The website also has advice sheets for Special Guardians
You can contact them through their website or by Freephone 0808 801 0366
The National Association of Therapeutic Parents
The NATP is a not-for-profit organisation, formed to help families dealing with the difficult behaviour of children who had suffered trauma, and to help with the feelings of isolation, of being blamed, misunderstood, and unsupported.
If you a Special Guardian the NATP can support you and offers a range of benefits including listening circles, telephone consultations, a men’s support group, access to useful resources, a members-only Facebook group, webinars, face to face training, a helpline, and more.
The Kinship Hub
Kinship Hub is a new community-based service aimed at supporting kinship carers who live in or have children placed with them, from the London boroughs of Lambeth, Lewisham, Wandsworth, Southwark, Greenwich, and Bromley only. Kinship Hub offers free online weekly webinars to kinship carers and children on a range of topics every Monday lunchtime at 12.30 pm. Please Like their Facebook page Kinship Hub @kinshiphubLondon for regular updates on our services. Kinship Carers can self-refer, or can be referred by a social worker or other supporting professional. For more information please contact Anna-Lou Manca on 07792 320 549 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kinship Hub also run the Kinship Carers Cooking Club, a weekly group based in South East London where children and carers can get together and cook a meal from scratch. We deliver the ingredients and recipes directly to kinship families and run Zoom cook-alongs on the same day. Please Like their Facebook page Kinship Carers Cooking Club.
Local Authority Services
Adopt London have a wealth of education support to offer families with a Special Guardianship Order. This includes advice from The Virtual School, access to information from the Local Offer and the Family Information Service, Pupil Premium Plus to Priority School admissions. Further information is available on our Education page.
If you are a Special Guardian and live in one of the Adopt London West boroughs; Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham or Hounslow, you can use services from PAC UK for confidential counselling and support service (currently virtual) under the Adopt London West’s contract. Adopt London West also run a monthly virtual support group for Special Guardians.
If you are from the Adopt London North boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey and Islington, please visit the Special Guardians North London website.
If you need to speak to a social worker about your child, please contact your local authority Special Guardianship services.
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