Sometimes a Kinship Care arrangement will be short term, giving the birth parents an occasional short break. Or it might be a temporary arrangement while the birth parents get back on their feet. Sometimes it is long term or even permanent. Every situation is different. The arrangement might be informal, it might involve the social work department, or it may be that a court or a children’s hearing has played a role.
The confidential service provided by the Citizens Advice Scotland Kinship Care Advice Service for Scotland can offer advice and information about the kinds of issues that many Kinship Carers face, including clarifying the legal status of the arrangement in which you are looking after a child, and explaining your responsibilities as well as your rights and entitlement to financial and other support.
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