Posted by Stephen Sowden on 5th November 2019
Last updated 29th June 2023


I am a Trustee with the Grandparents Plus. The reason I took on the role was because personally I was fortunate to have all four grandparents in my life until I was 30. Happily for me, they all lived into their nineties, so I therefore had the benefit of their knowledge and wisdom from childhood, through my teenage years and into adulthood. I know first-hand how vital a relationship with a grandparent is within a stable family life. Children of estranged parents can sometimes also be estranged from their grandparents and other family members, which is tough not just for the child, but for the grandparent.

In this day and age we are seeing more and more family members being involved with care of children, often providing long term care. That is why it is vital to highlight kinship care and the lack of resources available to those carers. These children are placed with these people for a reason, they are vulnerable too. This is why I became interested in the rights of grandparents and all kinship carers and I hope to be involved for some time to come.

I support the charity by providing legal input and updates to the workers and volunteers in the charity.



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Stephen Sowden is a Solicitor at The Family Law Company. Although Stephen has experience in all areas of family law, he now leads our Care team with his specialism in all matters relating to children law, the rights of the child and the best interests of the child.

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