Fostering Kinship Support

The Fostering Kinship Support programme supports kinship families to access support to help improve their well-being, build their skills and enable their engagement with the programme.

Fostering Kinship Support is one of a range of innovative programmes that The Fostering Network runs to improve outcomes for kinship families.

For more information about Fostering Kinship Support telephone The Fostering Network in Northern Ireland on 028 9070 5056 or email Nikki Gregg

For media enquiries regarding Fostering Kinship Support email The Fostering Network's media team or phone 020 7620 6441.

About the Project

In Northern Ireland 35 per cent of children and young people in care live in an approved kinship placement, and all approved kinship carers are members of The Fostering Network. The Fostering Kinship Support programme enables The Fostering Network in Northern Ireland to provide tailored support specifically to young people living in a kinship placement and their kinship carers. 

The Fostering Kinship Support programme aims to:

  • Improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people living in kinship care.
  • Build a portfolio of skills which reflect enhanced life skills, confidence and personal development.
  • Enable participation of children and young people living in kinship families in activities which combat isolation and provide opportunities to meet and build relationships with other kinship families. 


This new initiative is funded by Children in Need, The Rayne Foundation and Ulster Garden Villages. Taking a needs based approach, the project offers a range of programmes, workshops, residentials, training and social events throughout the year, each with one of the three core objectives of Improving, Building and Enabling in mind. Each programme will target an area of need that has been identified by the young people or their carers.

The project will also work alongside carers to help and support them to engage with their local support groups and training programmes provided by the local health and social care trust.