Stepping up for those who step up for a child in crisis.

Munira has introduced the Kinship Care Bill in Parliament.

The term “kinship care” isn’t one most people hear every day, but it describes an arrangement many families come to when a child’s parents can no longer look after them.

Kinship carers are friends and family members – be that grandparents, aunts, uncles, adult siblings or family friends – who step up for a child in crisis and provide them with a loving home, keeping them out of the care system.

These friends and relatives make huge personal sacrifices, often taking on vulnerable children at very short notice and with little time to prepare emotionally or financially. But they are all too often overlooked. Compared to foster carers and adoptive parents, many kinship carers get little government support.

Munira’s Bill aims to change that with four key proposals. Watch Munira lay these out when introducing the Bill in Parliament here.

How to get involved

Please spread the word using the #StepUpForKinshipCarers and by e-mailing your MP asking them to support the Bill. A template letter can be found here.

Latest news

  • Munira first raised the need to improve support for kinship carers with the now former Minister for Children and Families, Will Quince, in May. Watch their exchange here.
  • In June, Munira met cross-party colleagues and kinship carers at the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Kinship Care, where she spoke about her Bill.
  • The Kinship Care Bill was covered in the i newspaper in July. Munira has also spoken about her Bill on GB News. Watch a clip below.
  • Munira formally introduced her Kinship Care Bill in Parliament on 5 July. Read the debate transcript here.
  • On 13 July, Munira secured a meeting with a Minister to discuss her Bill.

Cross-party support

Crucially, the Kinship Care Bill also secured cross-party support from the main three parties in England. Alongside Munira, the Bill has nine co-sponsors, including the Chair of the Education Select Committee and a former Minister and Shadow Minister for Children and Families.

Organisations representing kinship carers, including Kinship and the Family Rights Group, also back the Bill.

APPG on Kinship Care