Policy Report

This KIDS COUNT policy report summarizes the special role that grandparents, other relatives and close family friends play in the lives of children who cannot safely live with their parents.  Given that 1 in 11 children lives in kinship care at some point before the age of 18, the report provides recommendations for how for public systems, private agencies, faith based organizations and communities can support kinship families to ensure that their children thrive.  

January 1, 2012

KIDS COUNT Policy Reports

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    What is kinship care and why it's such a common solution.

  2. 2

    Data on the incidence of all forms of kinship care, including the percentage of children who experience kinship care at some point in their lives.

  3. 3

    The challenges facing kinship families.

  4. 4

    Recommendations for how government and communities can step in to help kinship families thrive.

Key Takeaway

Key Takeaway

Nationally, relatives or family friends are raising approximately 2.7 million children because their parents can no longer care for them.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations