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Hello,  Sorry if this is the wrong section but unsure where else to post.

 

I hope i dont go on too long but just trying to give as much information as i can.

 

I have been looking after my two Grandchildren for the past four years after their mother was unable to look after them.  This was decided by both of us and never went through the courts.  They are 16 and 17 years of age now,  so in my care since 12 and 13.

 

Their mother has had no involvement in their life in any way, since  i have been caring for them.  

 

Both children had social workers due to the circumstances.

 

Since being in my care,  I have received  child tax credit for both. I am 77 years of age and receive a state pension

 

In 2019 I was struggling financially and the children needed new beds as the ones I had bough were cheap but all i could afford at the time,  so I had to ask Social work if they could help with new beds and bedding.  These were delivered and I was very grateful and this was the only help i have asked for.

 

They have now been accepted for college and their tax credits have stopped and they receive £30 per week EMA.  When they applied for a bursary this was declined because they were not under Kinship.  I did call the social work to see if they could give me a letter stating that they were under Non cared Kinship but the social work declined to do this and stated that there was no Social work involvement,  although they had a nominated social worker who used to visit them at school as well as supplying me with beds and bedding so to me thats involvement.

 

I never received any Kinship payments,  but all i am looking for is a letter saying they were Non cared for !!

 

Would love advice from anyone who could give me advice on this.

 

Thank you 

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Hi

 

Welcome to CAG

 

Please be patient I am sure others will be along to offer you there wisdom.

 

Looking after someone else's child: https://www.gov.uk/looking-after-someone-elses-child  (note: at the bottom of the above link the 'Get Legal Advice' link they provide there may be costs involved/subscription) 

 

Can I also say that you should be proud at taking the children on and looking after them due to the circumstances for such a long time.

 

 

 

 

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I'm very sorry that you haven't had a full response to this so far. I'm afraid this looks as if it may be outside our experience.

You should monitor this thread over the next few days – and hopefully somebody will either give you the answer or refer you to the correct source of help.

I'm wondering whether you have got an experienced family lawyer knew that you could go to. They may well offer some initial advice free of charge.

I wonder if you have a law centre not too far away. I suppose that you could try citizens advice – although I can imagine that this is outside their experience as well but on the other hand they may be able to refer you on.

 

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Hi

 

Another link that may be of use:

 

Grandparents Plus: https://www.grandparentsplus.org.uk/

 

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