The rewarding nature of Kinship Care
“Myself and my husband became kinship carers for our niece. It has been difficult at times. We changed her surname to ours to give her a sense of belonging and let her know that she is loved, cared for and part of a family. I can see the impact of the changes that we made; it is almost like I have the power to change someone’s life for the better. There have been challenges along the way, but these have turned into positives.
“Springfield have been a great support, it is our time and we go once a week, and we get to spend time together on the journey there and back just chatting and building on the bond we already have. It gives structure for both of us. We are getting a much-needed extension on the house which will give everyone their own space and a bigger bathroom, which will be beneficial to the whole family. If anyone is thinking of being a kinship carer I would tell them do it, it is so rewarding and a feeling that will overwhelm you.”