Becoming a Kinship Carer can have a significant impact on your finances. You may need to work fewer hours or even give up a job. You may need to move house so you have more room. There may be additional expenses such as clothes, toys and equipment to make sure the child you are looking after is safe. Depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to financial assistance to help you look after the child. The rules can be complex and the arrangements differ from one part of Scotland to another. The Kinship Care Advice Service for Scotland can help you find out if you are eligible for any extra money. If you are on a low income, the helpline will be able to advise you on any changes to your benefits and tax credits.
You can request our Kinship Care and financial support leaflet via the contact us page, which will provide you with more information.