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Ms McLeod says there is a need for greater fairness in the provision of allowances for kinship carers.
The minister says the Scottish government got a benefits disregard from the DWP a couple of years to ensure kinship carers did not lose out on benefits.
She says kinship carers face a maze of jargon and officialese when they begin caring, which is why the government are funding CAS and Children 1st.
Ms McLeod concludes saying Through Our Eyes is a "wonderful" book that emphasises the challenges as well as the happiness.
The minister says she believes that this book will become part of the body of evidence for practitioners and social work students.
Children and Young People Minister Fiona McLeod says the Scottish government's preference is for a child to remain with a kinship carer rather than being removed from the family, it it is safe and possible.
Ms McLeod praises the work of kinship carers and says Through Our Eyes is a "delight" as well as a moving read.
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According to the governmentCitizens Advice Scotland maintains a confidential helpline for kinship carers, providing assistance with legal and financial matters (including benefits advice).
The Helpline can be contacted on 0808 000 006. Useful information can also be found on the Citizens Advice kinship care webpage.
Advisers at everyScottish Citizens Advice Bureau can help kinship carers access specialist advice for complex cases. Details of your local bureau are listed in the phone book or can be found on the Citizens Advice Scotland website.
If a looked after child cannot remain with their birth parents they can be placed by a local authority in the care of family or friends, for either a short or long period of time.
Under the Looked After Children (Scotland) Regulations 2009, these 'kinship carers' are defined as "a person who is related to the child (through blood, marriage or civil partnership) or a person with whom the child has a pre-existing relationship".
Ms Grahame says Through Our Eyes is "essential reading", not just for all MSPs but also for anyone with an interest in kinship carers.
The Group is a self-help support Group RUN FOR KINSHIP CARERS BY KINSHIP CARERS.
The Group provides a listening ear, peer support, direction and guidance to Kinship Carers, and in turn to the children they look after, who have found themselves, usually at a moments notice, in a position of raising kin children.
This unique service meets the needs of kinship carers who, in many cases, also have the added burden of conflict with their own children.
Ms Grahame reads out emotional and moving stories from Through our Eyes.
Ms Grahame says carers who can find themselves raising children at a moment's notice commend the charity's book, Through Our Eyes, which is a collection of stories and poems by individuals telling their unique experience of becoming kinship carers.
These stories include I don't want this, Where do I begin?, It was Only for a Couple of Weeks!, Our Precious Grandchildren, Life Changes, A Long Road Ahead, It's Hard Thinking Back and the many heartfelt poems.
The SNP MSP commends this book to all involved with the welfare of looked-after children for the insight that it brings to the trials and sacrifices of the kinship carers but more importantly their selflessness and love of the children and young people they find themselves caring for, often with hardly a moment's warning.
SNP MSP Christine GrahAme is leading a debate entitled 'Through our eyes'.
In her motion Ms GrahAme highlights the invaluable role of grandparents and other kinship carers throughout Scotland but, in particular,Grandparents Parenting Again and Kinship Carers (Midlothian),, which was formed in 2005 and provides a listening ear, peer support, direction and guidance to kinship carers and the children they look after.
The Scottish government motion from the Equity and Excellence in Education debate was passed, with 67 MSPs backing it.
The opposition amendments all fell.
The minister concludes the attainment for all children must be raised as well as closing the attainment gap.
She says she was once from a poor family and she is very thankful as she was well supported, but also experienced being written off.
Ms Constance says we must have the highest hopes and dreams for all our children.
Ms Constance says there has not actually been a fall in classroom assistants, in fact there has been a 6% rise.
The education secretary says the government will never allow austerity to limit the ambitions of young people.
She says the Attainment Challenge Fund of £100m will benefit 50% of Scotland's poorest children in the first place, but other areas will be looked at shortly.
Ms Constance says college reform has been challenging and not without controversy, but colleges are doing more for under 19s now than before.
The education secretary says under this government we have seen a massive expansion of childcare and early learning.
Ms Constance says the government has done more than any previous administration on this issue.
Education Secretary Angela Constance says she has discussed concerns of parents with the SQA, regarding last weeks maths and biology exams.
Ms Constance says the SQA has assured her that they have robust procedures in place.
Mr Griffin says he is glad the government are making educational attainment a priority but says he hopes they will improve their plans by redistributing money to where it is needed.
Labour MSP Mark Griffin says the additional revenue from the introduction of a 50p income tax rate would allow the investment of an additional £25m a year, over and above the government's proposals, to address the attainment gap.
Mr Griffin says Labour would recruit and retain literacy specialists and increase teacher and support staff numbers.
The Tory MSP says the seven most deprived council areas to receive £100m from the Attainment Challenge Fund are not the council areas with the lowest attainment.
Conservative MSP Mary Scanlon says she agrees with much of the government's motion and indeed that there is much to be proud of in our education system.
Ms Scanlon says everyone wants the equality gap to be narrowed.
She says we need a system which can identify when a child is struggling to keep pace with the rest of the class.
That would allow development needs to be addressed she says.
Mr McArthur says the total spent on bursaries and grants is barely half in real terms of that when the SNP came into office.
Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur says progress is not being made on closing the attainment gap, in fact we could be going backwards.
Mr McArthur again stresses the importance of the early years and early intervention.
He calls for an improvement in early learning and childcare.
The Lib Dem MSP says the area based Attainment Challenge fund risks missing out on two thirds of Scotland's poorest children, by focussing on the seven most deprived council area.
SNP MSP Chic Brodie says education outcomes have improved in general.
Mr Brodie says closing the attainment gap is the number one education priority which can only be buttressed by attending to inequality of income.
Ms Lamont says the funding of higher education is funded at the expense of further education.
She says the poorest children have less support than the rest of the UK.
The Labour MSP, who was a teacher for more than 20 years, says the further education sector has been, "cut, cut and cut again".
Labour MSP Johann Lamont says parents must be supported to learn as well as children.
Ms Lamont begins with two quotations:
The former teacher says resources are needed to address the issues facing our education system.
Mr Maxwell says closing the attainment gap has been a major focus of his committee.
He says he firmly believes the government is making progress on the issue.
Mr McArthur says choosing only the seven most deprived council areas to benefit from the Attainment Scotland Fund means those living in poverty surrounded by plenty will miss out.
Mr McArthur highlights the lack of progress on closing the attainment gap.
The Lib Dem MSP says the Scottish government has "rather taken its eye off the ball".
He says the government has failed to get to grips with the issues over the last eight years.
Mr McArthur says since 2007 teacher numbers are down by well over 4,000 and class sizes are not at the 18 pupil level but closer to 23.
If equality and excellence are to be available to all, the Scottish government must consider its approach to education funding from the early years through to student support, Mr McArthur says.
The Lib Dem MSP views the loss of 130,000 college places, which has hit female, mature and part-time learners hardest, as a regressive step in the drive for educational equality and excellence.
He criticises government's failure to deliver on its promise to 'dump' student debt, with loans having more than doubled while bursaries have been cut.
Lib Dem MSP Liam McArthur uses his amendment to emphasise the importance of the early year's of a child's life thus the importance of quality early years education in closing the attainment gap.
Mr McArthur says targeted funding for school-aged pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds in the form of a 'pupil premium' should be explored in Scotland as a means of giving disadvantaged pupils a better chance of reaching their potential.
He says targeted funding should be available for students from cradle to college to ensure equality of opportunity regardless of background.
The Tory MSP says she is not in favour of comprehensive schooling throughout a child's education.
Ms Smith says excellence demands free thinking and she hopes the government will do so.
Educational policy from the SNP government is very centralised, she says.
Ms Smith says there is real scope for change, that means challenging catchments as the only means for deciding where a child goes to school and indeed having a variety of types of school.
Conservative MSP Liz Smith says radical change is coming whether the politicians like it or not.
Ms Smith says the changes in further and higher education are happening rapidly and the fact our schools are not making progress on numeracy and literacy and closing the attainment gap has been highlighted.
The Tory MSP says in order to achieve both excellence and greater equity in education, there has to be much more focus on tailoring the learning experience to the best educational interests of individual children.
This in turn, demands greater diversity in the school system, one which allows full autonomy for head teachers and is more responsive to parental choice.
In her amendment, Conservative MSP Liz Smith highlights the persistent failure to close the attainment gap and the declining standards of literacy and numeracy.
Ms Smith accuses the government of failing to introduce more rigorous testing of these basic skills.
Mr Gray says 140,000 students have gone from our colleges, these are the people who had a second chance but now do not.
He says we all have a sacred responsibility to make sure no child is left behind.
The Labour MSP says the government has failings over the past eight years.
Mr Gray says Scotland must double the resources devoted to closing the attainment gap.
He calls for specialists in numeracy and literacy where they are needed most and keep teachers in classrooms more.
The Labour MSP says the attainment gap will not be addressed by reducing teacher numbers and increasing class sizes.
Mr Gray says that is why the Labour party will introduce a top rate for income tax of 50p.
In February Nicola Sturgeonunveiled plans designed to bridge the attainment gap between pupils from poor backgrounds and those from wealthier households.
The first minster's proposals will draw on schemes with a proven track record, including the London Challenge.
The scheme will be backed up by a new Attainment Scotland Fund which will provide £100m of investment over four years.
It will be aimed at boosting literacy, numeracy and health and well-being in some of Scotland's most disadvantaged communities.