Support for families

Kinship care information and support

A family of two adults and two children smiling at the camera.

For information and support for relatives and family friends who care for children because their parents are unable to do so visit the Kinship carers webpage, email at or phone 0131 529 2588 between Monday and Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm and Friday from 9 am to 3:30 pm leave a message and we will call back.

Big Hearts Kinship care support for families

Big Hearts Kinship Care service offers free advice on parenting strategies and financial and practical support from their family support officer.

For more information on support phone the Kinship Care helpline on

0131 603 4927

between Monday and Thursday, 10 am to 4 pm or email  

Full information on the groups and clubs programme can be found on the Big Hearts website.

Big Hearts Befriending

Big Hearts provides befriending support for children and young people aged five to 16 years, living in kinship care / experiencing a high level of social isolation.

For more information contact Jane Harkin at

Kinship Care Mentoring

YMCA Edinburgh provides one-to-one mentoring for young people aged 8 to 14 years in a kinship care arrangement. The young person will be matched with a volunteer mentor and meet weekly to enjoy activities in the community, build a trusting relationship and meet any goals they set.

For more information or to make a referral, contact Rebecca


Kinsfolk Carers

A relaxed supportive group for kinship carers. The group meets in local venues in the Leith area every Thursday at noon.

For more information contact Catherine