About the Kinship Care Alliance
The Kinship Care Alliance is made up of a group of organisations which subscribe to a set of shared aims and beliefs on the issue of family and friends care. We meet regularly to develop a joint policy agenda and agree strategies to promote our aims, which are to:
- Prevent children from being unnecessarily raised outside the family
- Improve outcomes for children who cannot live with their parents and who are living with relatives
- Secure more recognition and support for family and friends carers.

You are invited to complete this survey if you are a kinship carer - a family member or friend raising a child under the age of 18 because their parents aren't able to care for them - in the UK. If you are no longer a kinship carer, but were previously a kinship carer at any time from 2012 onwards, you can also fill in this survey and tell us about your previous experiences and situation. This survey takes approximately 10 minutes to fill in, and will help the Kinship Care Alliance campaign for better support for kinship carers.
About you

* 2. Are you

* 4. Are you a single carer?

* 5. In which part of the UK do you live?

* 7. What is your relationship to child/children you are raising as a kinship carer? Tick more than one box if applicable.

* 10. What are the main reasons why the children were unable to live with their parents? Tick as many as apply.

* 11. Is your kinship child looked after by the Local Authority (kinship foster care)? 
  • If the kinship child that you are raising is looked after by the local authority this means that a care order (interim or final) has been made for the child by a court; OR alternatively, the child has been placed in your care by the local authority under a section 20 children Act 1989 voluntary arrangement (sometimes called 'section 20' or voluntary accommodation').  
  • A kinship carer raising a child who is looked after by the local authority is usually referred to as a 'kinship foster carer' or a 'family and friends foster carer' or connected person. 
  • If the child you are raising is a looked after child then they will have an allocated social worker and Looked After Review (LAC) meetings should take place at which their care plans is reviewed. 

* 12. Do you have a legal order(s) for the children you are raising? (England and Wales only)

* 13. Are you receiving any kind of regular allowance from your local authority?

* 14. If you receive an allowance from your local authority, has this reduced during the last two years as a result of a change in local authority policy (not because of your circumstances)? Please describe.

* 15. Do you have a husband/wife/partner living with you?

* 16. Are there any other adults living in your household? If so, how many?

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