MORAY MSP Richard Lochhead has welcomed Government plans to recognise formally the parenting responsibilities and rights of kinship carers.
According to Mr Lochhead, Moray Council has contact with around 50 kinship carers, classified as people such as grandparents, aunts and uncles who look after children in the absence of their parents.
"Children and young people are at the heart of our society, and it is important that, no matter what their care and support arrangements are, they get the best support possible," he said.
"Research shows that the family connection inherent with kinship care provides better outcomes for children who can have improved job prospects and better health in later life. That is why it is so important to support those carers.
"I would encourage as many people as possible to participate in the consultation and let us know what support they would like to see for Scotland’s families."