Kinship Care NI have launched a new telephone helpline service to support grandparents, great grandparents and older kinship carers who are raising their family and friends’ children.
Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, the ‘Caring for Kin’ Project aims to ensure grandparents and older kinship carers have access to advice and information as and when they need it, across the North West.
Kinship carers can contact the helpline for advice on a range of issues, including information on their legal rights and obligations and accessing the financial support they need for the children in their care.
Several new ‘Kin Together’ support groups will be established.
Calls to the helpline are free and Michelle Dixon, a qualified solicitor with substantial experience working in the area of family law will be on hand to provide advice and assistance to kinship carers who are caring for, or considering caring for their family and friends’ children.
Kinship carers can contact the helpline on 0800 022 3129 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am - 5.00pm).