- Over 10,000 children in BC are being raised by a grandparent or relative – more than the number in our foster care system. Most kinship caregivers are single women, and many live near or beneath the poverty line.
- Despite an overall increase in the number of kinship families since 2010, significantly fewer families (as many as 1,500) receive financial assistance through kinship benefits today.
- Keeping families together leads to the best long term positive outcomes for children. Supporting kinship care providers helps to secure those outcomes and can be the best and the most cost effective support for these children and families over the long term.
Q: If elected, will your party ensure the immediate return of a financial benefit for kinship caregivers that reflects the unique and complex realities of kinship families, regardless of guardianship orders, and supports these families
throughout the child’s development?