- About Us
- What is Kinship?
- Getting Support
- Information & Resources
There is currently no specific benefit or allowance for kinship carers but, dependant on any legal order you may have (i.e. Special Guardianship Order, Kinship Foster/Family & Friends Foster Care Order), you may be able to access state benefits (care allowances and welfare benefits).
This can be a very complex area of advice and we recommend you discuss this in detail with specialist money advice services, any social worker who may be involved, and a solicitor at the earliest possible stage of becoming a kinship carer to get clear information and guidance.
Please be aware that access to local authority care allowances (e.g. SGO allowance) is subject to review on a very regular basis i.e. can be withdrawn.
There are many services in Liverpool that can provide specialist advice in relation to debt, money management and welfare benefits. This page provides an overview of key money issues related to becoming a kinship carer. Local links to specialist agencies are also included.
Work & Employment: Your Rights as a Carer
You may need to think about your current employment and your rights related to your caring role. The national charity Grandparents Plus provides some detailed information about this on their website around:
Access the site here: Advice & Support about Work
You may also need information relating to your options regarding your childcare and financial support: Childcare Options & Support
Care Allowances: the key facts
Welfare Benefits Advice: the key facts
Take a look at our Legal Advice & Options page to access further legal advice.
The Schools & Learning page also has details of the Adoption Support Fund & Pupil Premium Plus.