This Kinship Care Week, Louise Sims highlights the plight of kinship carers in Guardian Society article

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In a Guardian Society article published today, CoramBAAF’s Kinship Care and Fostering Consultant, Louise Sims describes how children are increasingly leaving care via Special Guardianship Orders and moving on to be raised by family members. For the first time last year the figure for children leaving care in this way exceeded that of children moving on to be adopted. However, the rights and support afforded to adopters is not extended to the kinship carers who not only have to meet the additional needs of a child who has experienced trauma and separation but also negotiate the accompanying family relationships.

CoramBAAF supports calls in the article for the needs of kinship carers to be recognised in legislation as the Adoption and Children Act 2002 has for adopters.