Kinship care

Kinship care

All across Scotland, thousands of people care for children because their natural parents are unable to do so. These are often grandparents, aunts and uncles but can also be family friends. People who look after children in these kinds of circumstances are often known as ‘kinship carers’.

For kinship carers

Advisers at every Scottish CAB can provide detailed advice on kinship care and can access additional specialist advice for complex cases.

If you can’t get to your local CAB, get on the phone. You can call the confidential Kinship Care Helpline on: 0808 800 0006 . Calls are free from landlines and most mobiles.

Some basic advice and background to kinship care can be found on our self help website, including this document on Key Facts and Key questions. CPAG Scotland also provide a valuable fact sheet.

Money and legal issues can be complex for kinship carers. We recommend you seek advice from a local CAB.