In the UK, parents receive less help than people who care for or adopt children. Family caregivers can be pushed into debt, poverty, poor health, and even homelessness. Judith Blake, of the Local Government Association`s Children and Youth Board, said the councils will “do everything they can” to help caregivers in the face of heavy pressure on children`s budgets. “The government must ensure that boards receive the long-term, consistent funding they need to ensure that all children and families can thrive.”  In 2016-2017, 422 child and youth care contracts were concluded. Read more in our brochures “A Guide for Adoptive Parents Considering Legal Custody of a Child or Youth under Crown Guardianship” and “Adoption in Ontario: Private, Public and Inter-Country.” Kinship service (out of custody) occurs when society considers a child to be vulnerable and a plan is proposed to house the child who is not under the guardianship of a society with a family caregiver, defined as a parent, extended family member or community member. Child Welfare and kinship care in most cases go hand in hand. From state to state, the child welfare system is different, but it still includes services that focus on social services or children`s services. Each agency includes officials who are normally social workers, who are legally required to create a safe environment, improve well-being and create sustainable living conditions for children. The involvement of the child welfare system in kinship care varies from state to state, with each state having its own laws and practices to address these situations.  A social or children`s services manager will be the first to go to grandparents or other parents if they wish to become caregivers. Families can also turn to their local social services when seeking help.
“The best interests of the child are increasingly being addressed to family families for children and adolescents who need an outside place, while their guardians tackle their challenges. Last year, on average, 26% of children who needed to be housed outside the home lived in family families. Kinship service providers may be other family members or people who know the child, youth or parents and who can provide a safe and caring home.