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.
Grandparents Plus is the leading kinship care charity. They provide support called ‘Kinship Response’ to all Special Guardians, not just grandparents.
Kinship Response provides advice and support, help with applications for grants for essential items, virtual peer support groups services, live regional Facebook advice surgeries, and more.
If you would like to feel less isolated, improve your wellbeing, share your concerns and experiences with families in the same situation, receive help with financial worries and feel better able to manage your children’s behaviour, please speak with one of their advice team or project workers. Call on 0300 033 9851 Monday – Thursday 10am-2pm. Or to become a member please complete this Self-referral form.
Watch their animated film – ‘Something to be proud of’ to see how they like to help 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 across London. Kinship Hub offers free online weekly webinars to kinship carers and children on a range of topics from managing contact safely, to promoting a positive sense of identity, life story work, and building resilience every Monday evening at 7.30 pm, on themes such as meeting the emotional needs of children, promoting positive contact and online safety. 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
In normal times Kinship Hub also runs 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. Although the cooking club is closed at the moment please Like their Facebook page Kinship Carers Cooking Club to receive alerts on their planned return.
Local Authority Services
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 counseling and support service (currently virtual) under the Adopt London West’s contract. Adopt London West also runs a monthly virtual support group for Special Guardians.
If you need to speak to a social worker about your child, please contact your local authority Special Guardianship services.
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