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We provide advice to parents, grandparents, relatives, friends and kinship carers who are involved with children’s services in England or need their help. We can help you understand processes and options when social workers or courts are making decisions about your child’s welfare.

Our advice service is free, independent and confidential.

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By phone or email

To speak to an adviser, please call our free and confidential advice line 0808 801 0366 (Monday to Friday 9.30am to 3pm, excluding Bank Holidays). For Textphone dial 18001 followed by the advice line number. Or you can ask us a question via email using our advice enquiry form.

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Our online advice forums are an anonymous space where parents and kinship carers (also known as family and friends carers) can get legal and practical advice, build a support network and learn from other people’s experiences.

Advice on our website

Our get help and advice section describes the processes that you and your family are likely to go through, so that you know what to expect. Our webchat service can help you find the information and advice on our website which will help you understand the law and your rights.

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Famous People raised in Kinship Care

Famous people raised in kinship care or who have been a kinship a carer to a child in their family network

Presidents, actors, musicians, comedians, models, scientists, writers and many more…

Please email Yasmin Choudhury ychoudhury@frg.org.uk if you have more names to add.

  • Al Pacino (actor)
  • Anna Harrison (First Lady of the United States in 1841)
  • Barack Obama (former USA President)
  • Baroness Doreen Lawrence (campaigner)
  • Barry Keoghan (actor)
  • Bessie Smith (brought up by sibling carer) (musician)
  • Bill Clinton (former US President) (raised for some years in his childhood by his grandparents)
  • Brian Cox (brought up by his four siblings) (actor)
  • Carol Burnett (actress and entertainer)
  • Catherine Cookson (brought up by her grandparents) (author)
  • Cherie Booth (barrister)
  • Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (musician)
  • Davina McCall (presenter)
  • Diane-Louise Jordan (adopted her niece), broadcaster)
  • Dylan McDermott (actor)
  • Ellen Wood (author)
  • Eric Clapton (musician)
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez (author)
  • Gregory Peck (actor)
  • Isaac Newton (scientist)
  • Jack Nicholson (actor)
  • James McAvoy (actor) (raised by his maternal grandparents for some of his childhood)
  • Jamie Foxx (actor)
  • Jimi Hendrix (musician)
  • John Lennon (musician)
  • Kellie Pickler (musician)
  • Langston Hughes (poet)
  • Lauren Price (Boxer for Team GB, 2021 Olympics) (raised by her grandparents)
  • Lionel Richie (raised Nicole, who was the child of his friends, and then adopted her) (musician)
  • Lou Rawls (musician)
  • Lucille Ball (comedian)
  • Lucy Maud Montgomery (author)
  • Malcolm X (brought up by sibling carer) (civil rights activist)
  • Mary Portas (brought up her younger brother) (retail consultant and broadcaster)
  • Matthew Janney (rugby player)
  • Maya Angelou (writer)
  • Michael D. Higgins (President of Ireland)
  • Morgan Freeman (actor)
  • Naomi Campbell (model)
  • Nicki Minaj (singer)
  • Oksan Baiul (sportswoman)
  • Oprah Winfrey (media proprietor and presenter)
  • Oritse Williams aka OWS (raised his younger siblings) (musician, JLS)
  • Pierce Brosnan (actor)
  • Prince Rogers Nelson (musician)
  • Richard Burton (brought up by his sister) (actor)
  • Richard Pryer (comedian, writer and actor)
  • Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP (brought up by sibling carer) (author and former politician)
  • Samuel L. Jackson (actor)
  • Sheila Jordan (musician)
  • Simone Biles (brought up by her grandparents) (Olympic gold medal winning gymnast for USA)
  • Sir Ed Davey MP (brought up by his grandparents from the age of 15 years old following his parents’ death) (Leader, Liberal Democrats)
  • Sir Walter Scott (author)
  • Siya Kolisi (brought up by his late grandmother after his mother died when he was 15 years old. Has subsequently adopted his two younger siblings) (captain of South Africa’s 2019 world cup winning rugby team)
  • Sophie Willan (raised by her late grandmother) (actress)
  • Stephen Paul Manderson (Professor Green) (musician)
  • Sterling Ramsey (raised by his grandparents, until age 14) (member of boy band Rough Copy)
  • Tallulah Bankhead (actress)
  • Tammy Wynette (musician)
  • The Right Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin MBE (Bishop of Dover and former chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen)
  • Vanna White (TV presenter)
  • Victoria Rowell (actress)
  • Willie Nelson (musician)
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