LONDON, APRIL 26, 2017 -- Melanie Onn MP has lent her support to Mentor’s Kinship Care Week shining a light on the dedication and commitment of the thousands of kinship carers who give children and young people a safe, loving and stable home.
Almost half (49%) of kinship carers have had to give up work permanently to care for the child. 80% of kinship carers felt that when they took on the child, they did not know enough about the legal options and how to get financial support. 34% rely on benefits as their main source of income.
Melanie Onn met the Mentor team in Parliament to mark the launch of the Mentor’s Kinship Care Week 24th-30th April. Across the UK between 200,000 and 300,000 children and young people are being cared for by a relative or close friend. Kinship carers can face several challenges, including financial hardship, emotional and behavioural difficulties, and feelings of stress, isolation and stigma - only 1 in 3 carers who say they need help getting the necessary support.
Melanie Onn said:
"I'm proud to support Mentor's Kinship Care Week. These families face particular difficulties and deserve much more help. Mentor brings kinship families together and gives them the guidance and confidence to provide a loving stable family for their children."
Notes to editors:
- Kinship care is the raising of children by other family members because their parents are unable to do so.
- Mentor's Kinship Care week includes a BBC Radio 4 charity appeal broadcast, presented by Mentor Ambassador Baroness Greenfield on 30 April at 7:54am. Other activities include: articles and video message on Mentor website, social media campaign and training seminars.
- More details on Mentor’s Kinship Care Week webpage or follow on Twitter.
- Photo attached. Photo by Alex Genn-Bash.