I thank you for your patience.
I am really sorry to hear what has happened to your niece.
You may be entitled to obtain financial assistance to aid with her care. This is often referred to as family and friends care (often called kinship care). You’re known as a family and friends carer if you’re a grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother, sister or family friend looking after a child who can’t be cared for by their birth parents. You must be approved as a foster carer if the local council has officially asked you to look after a child.
If the local council didn’t ask you to look after the child you don’t have to tell them the child has come to stay with you.
If you want to care for a child long term, you can get parental responsibility for the child by applying for a child arrangement order. You may get further information as to how to go about doing so by following the below link:
You may also find additional information by following the below link:
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