We are an award winning charity that helps and supports kinship carers and their children in Northern Ireland.
Supporting kinship carers and the children they care for so they can make sense of what is happening in their lives does not require a whole load of money.
Kinship carers need a friendly face and someone to share an hour of their time over a cup of tea, others need more intensive support – particularly grandparent carers and young sibling carers. Children and young people need both individual and group support – from helping them understand why their mum or dad cannot care for them, to supporting them develop friendships with other children in the same position as them.
There are a million reasons why kinship care matters to our children and their carers. Here are 101 of them for you all to enjoy.
Our mission is to support children who cannot be cared for by their own parents to live safely and securely within their own families and communities.
It is our vision that every child and young person in kinship care will have access to the services and support they need to lead happy and successful lives.
We aim to lead the way in the development of kinship care practice by responding to and participating in empirical based research and to be the organisation people choose to support them throughout their lives.
We are ethical, honest and transparent in our decisions and actions.
We honour all people, acknowledge differences and uphold their own dignity at all times.
We are inspired by the possibilities for all people to find their strengths and lead happy and successful lives.
We are willing to face challenges and be creative, imaginative and innovative in finding solutions.
We are caring and understanding of the needs and experiences of the people we help.
We strive for excellence in all that we do, including delivering outstanding services to everyone we come in contact with
Aims and Objectives
- To promote kinship care as the primary care arrangement for children who cannot be cared for by their own parents.
- To support children without parental care to live safely and securely within their own families and communities.
- To build the confidence, self-esteem and resilience of kinship carers and the children they care for.
- To build a network of support for kinship carers and their children across Northern Ireland.
- To work in partnership with statutory, voluntary and community sector organisations to #keepfamiliestogether
Equal Opportunities Statement
Kinship Care NI is a non- political body, committed to tackling disadvantage in the development and delivery of services to kinship carers and their children in Northern Ireland.
We are opposed to all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.
What is Kinship Care?
Kinship Care is an arrangement where a child who cannot be cared for by their parents goes to live with a relative or family friend.
Who is a Kinship Carer?
Anyone who is significant to the child and who the child lives with and is cared for by. This includes grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters and family friends.