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Get parental responsibility for the child

If you want to care for a child long term, you can get parental responsibility for the child by applying for a Child Arrangement Order or Special Guardianship Order. You may also be able to adopt the child. Having…

Grandparent's Association

The Grandparents' Association works with government, local authorities and campaigns with key charities to raise awareness of the needs of grandparents. They not only celebrate the joys of grandparenting, but their helpline and and expert advice is there to help you, whatever your problem.…

Grandparents Plus

Grandparents Plus is the national charity (England and Wales) which champions the vital role of the wider family and family friends in children’s lives (kinship). The helpline and website are for kinship carers when they take on the caring role in difficult family circumstances.…

Prison Advice and Care Trust (PACT)

Prison Advice and Care Trust (PACT) aim to support prisoners and their families to make a fresh start and to minimise the harm that can be caused by imprisonment on offenders, families and communities.PACT works with offenders and their families.

Private Fostering

The Wandsworth Children’s Services Department assist people who are looking after children that are not their own. They make regular visits to the child or young person to ensure the overall standard of care provided meets their needs. The service gives private fosterers…

Somebody Else's Child

Somebody Else's Child - If you are caring for a child for 28 days or more, you are required to notify your local council. Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) is cared…

Special Guardianship - Factsheet

Special Guardianship is an order made by the court that places a child or a young person to live with someone permanently and gives legal status for non parents who are or wish to care for that child or young person in a…

Special Guardianship Order - Factsheet

A Special Guardianship Order is an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child's “Special Guardian” It is a private law order made under the Children Act 1989 and is intended for those children who cannot live with their birth parents…