AN ARBROATH woman is behind the creation of a support group for families that raise the children of relatives as one of their own.
Jackie Lonie has set up Angus Kin (Akin) a support group that aims to provide advice, friendship and practical help for the potentially hundreds of Angus families that keep young relatives out of the foster system by taking them in.
Jackie has personal experience of the challenges and rewards of kinship care, which is why she set up Akin to help other carers in the same situation.
She said: “Kinship carers are family members and friends who raise a child as their own when that child is at risk of going into the care system.
“Children often come from a traumatic background and need a special kind of care and support to recover and get back their lost childhoods. The rewards are huge but so are the challenges. “A support group like Akin can provide a space for kinship carers to share their experiences, find out useful information, get friendly advice and more support from others who know what you might be going through.”
Jackie recently met with MSPs Graeme Dey and Nigel Don who have both pledged their support to her project. Mr Dey said: “I am entirely supportive of Jackie’s efforts to establish a group for kinship carers across Angus. The establishment of such a support network would I am sure be warmly welcomed by kinship carers.”
The Akin group meet once a month at Bruce House, Wellgate, Arbroath, from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday, with further meetings planned for May 25, June 29 and July 30.
For more information contact Jackie on 07763842449 or 01241 877522.