The Family Rights Group and Grandparents Plus have released figures following a survey of kinship carers – family members and friends who’ve taken on care of children who aren’t able to live with their parents in order to prevent them being taken into care.

Findings from a survey of 517 kinship carers include: 94% say caring has caused financial hardship. Campaigners have called for kinship carers to receive the same rights and allowances as foster carers and adoptive parents, including paid employment leave while the child is settling in.

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