The Princess of Wales carried out an engagement in partnership with the Kinship Charity this week – a charity which takes care of children at risk of abandonment.
Her Royal Highnesses undertook the engagement at the Foundling Museum, an organisation of which she is patron. The Princess was joined by staff, volunteers and people who are using the charity, as well as rapper Professor Green, who himself has used the charity during his childhood.
Upon entering the room where children were playing, Her Royal Highness sat on the ground with the children who showed the princess their toys.
A boy managed to get the Princess to play a game with him, and the two of them pushed a little toy car back and forth, before he touched her on the nose with another of his toys, a gesture that she returned. Another boy gifted the Princess one of his toys, and she asked him how she was supposed to play with it, which the boy showed her proudly.
She then bid farewell to the children and sat down with some of the adults working and using the charity for a discussion about the status of things.
Her Royal Highness asked some questions, like what the children in the system are facing when at school, to which some of the volunteers replied that one of their most important jobs is to educated “schools, medical organisations, people we meet along the journey, so that they understand the approaches that need to be taken with our children”.
Before leaving the Museum, the Princess also met with Professor Green’s grandmother, Pat, who raised the rapper.
The Foundling Museum, which hosts the Kinship Charity, was created upon the grounds of the Foundling Hospital, a charity born in 1739 from the mind of philanthropist Thomas Corn with the aim of taking care of the “education and maintenance of exposed and deserted young children”.
The Kinship Charity was created with the aim of supporting kinship carerers “in their homes and communities, giving advice and helping them work through problems to find the best way forward”. The term ‘kinship care’ indicates a situation in which “a child lives full-time or most of the time with a relative or friend who isn’t their parent, usually because their parents aren’t able to care for them”.