Kingship Battles to End Institutionalized Discrimination

Scottish-Kinship-Care-AllianceMore than 100 family carers are launching a new campaign to end "institutionalized discrimination" by councils and the Scottish Government. These carers look after children when their parents are unable to look after them.

The Scottish Kinship Care Alliance has decided to call on authorities for proper recognition by launching the campaign in Glasgow today. Experts predict that there are at least 15,000 children in Scotland looked after by relatives other than their parents.

Anne Swartz, chairwoman of the Alliance, said children in their care always experience discrimination from the authorities, than those in foster placements who get easy access to a wide range of support and services.

Swartz added, "Enough is enough. We have come together to put a stop to this institutionalized discrimination and fight for the rights of our children". She said they do not want to see their children suffer from lack of basic support from local authorities any further.

Swartz has been providing care to three grandchildren for last five years. Social work departments do not acknowledge the needs of kingship carers due to which they have to face difficulties in finding money for baby equipment and clothes for children who arrive without any prior information.

She, however, said she is not the only one to raise the concern as there are many coming upfront to battle for support from social work.