GRANDPARENTS IN FIGHT FOR RIGHTS; Kinship Group Lobbies for Changes in Law

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GRANDPARENTS IN FIGHT FOR RIGHTS; Kinship Group Lobbies for Changes in Law


Byline: By MICHELLE FIDDLER Chief Reporter

A GROUP of grandparents are campaigning for equal rights for looking after children who cannot be cared for by their parents.

PADA (Liverpool) Kinship Carers, who are based in Norris Green but work across the city, is predominantly made up of grandparents, as well as aunties and uncles, who look after children unable to live with their birth parents due to either death, drug or alcohol misuse, or a chaotic lifestyle.

More than 40 Kinship carers have joined together to form an activist lobby group to raise awareness and lobby the government to bring about positive legislative change to provide support to kinship families.

Birkenhead MP Frank Field is to put questions on their behalf to the Prime Minister about the extent of the problem and what is being done about it.

He will also be raising an Early Day Motion calling for investigation into the growing trend of grandparents and other kinship carers raising children and calling for legislative support to enable those families to provide the best possible care that they can.

PADA development worker Pauline Thornley said: "Kinship carers are not being recognised and supported in their caring role.

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