Being a kinship carer can be tough, but I wouldn’t change a thing. When your kid runs up and throws their arms around you it’s all worth it

Coronavirus update

The National Kinship Care Advice service for Scotland is fully operational during this period. We continue to offer our full advice service and encourage any kinship carer to contact us for assistance and advice.

Local authorities and other third party organisations are actively updating their websites with information of action and assistance within their local area. Our service provides you with the support to make contact with your local authority and arrange for assistance. For information on what is available in your local area.

Please contact us:
Monday to Friday, 10am – 2.30pm on 0808 800 0006.

Or contact:
Big Hearts Edinburgh and Lothians on 0131 603 4927
Nurture Scotland on 07547 525 674 or 07505 855 341
Scottish Kinship Care Alliance on 07490 720 123 or 07742 016 616
Who Cares? Scotland on 07545 337 152

Welcome to the National Kinship Care Website for Scotland

This website will:

  • keep you up to date with kinship news
  • update you on kinship policy changes and how they impact on you
  • provide a full copy of the new kinship care guide detailing your rights, roles and responsibilities
  • keep you up to date on financial developments
  • provide a list of emergency contacts
  • provide you with list of support groups in your area
  • provide you with a list of national and local support organisations that can help you
  • connect you with other kinship carers
  • inform you of any events you may be interested in attending

This website is a work in progress and it shall continue to evolve over the next few months. We aim for this website to be a hub of all information that you need in helping you support the children in your care.

If there is anything that you would like to share or feel that there is something important that needs to be highlighted please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Useful services

This is a list of national and local support organisations that you can contact for further support for you or your family.