Kinship carers – coping through coronavirus

Conversations for Kinship Carers with Suzanne Zeedyk and Children 1st Parentline

This summer, Dr Suzanne Zeedyk joined Children 1st Parentline for three webinars about the things you can do to make things easier for your children this summer. This can be a particularly hard time for many kinship carers but laughing, organising and listening can make a big difference.

Suzanne explains the science behind how these three things work and why they matter so much to help children with anxiety and encourage connection.


Videos and articles about laughter

Videos and articles about organising and routine

Videos and articles about listening

Conversations for Kinship Carers - Laughter
Conversations for Kinship Carers - Organising
Conversations for Kinship Carers - Listening

Kinship Care

Children and young people in kinship care live with family members or family friends because their birth parents are not able to care for them. Children 1st work alongside many kinship carers and see the amazing job you do.

Many children living in kinship care tell us they love living with their grandparents, aunties, uncles, older brothers and sisters or family friends. But we also understand kinship carers and their children sometimes face many different challenges. It’s not always plain sailing.

Families around the world are trying to adapt to a new way of living and coping through the anxiety and uncertainty of coronavirus. If you live in a kinship care family, you will be facing the same challenges of home schooling, keeping children and young people busy while at home, lack of time with friends and family as well as worries about health and work. Like many families you may also be worried about making ends meet. But you may also face additional stress and pressure because of your individual family circumstances.