How we support family and friends carers

We assess potential family and friends carers and offer support packages to help family and friends carers look after children. We can help advise you on the options available to you to care for a child who is known to you.

Depending on the route you take to care for a child known to you, we offer a range of support to help you. If you become a family and friends foster carer, you will receive all the same support and benefits as all our foster carers. You will receive regular visits from a social worker, receive opportunities to undertake helpful training, have access to numerous social events and support groups as well as receiving fees and payments to help you care for the child financially.

If you become a special guardian, we will draw up a support package with you which can include regular contact with social workers, training opportunities, support groups and you may be entitled to financial help depending on your circumstances.

All support is provided in conjunction with the child’s social worker and/or Permanency, Adoption and Support Team social worker. For any further information, contact the Permanency, Adoption and Support Team on 020 7364 5255 or email

New support available for special guardians
Since April 2016, special guardians have been able to access support via the Adoption Support Fund. This Fund pays for a range of therapeutic support to help children and their carers. You can find out more at the Family Rights Group website. Please also contact your social worker to find out more.

Register your interest

Play video