Children Cared for by Relatives

Research Report

Children Cared for by Relatives

What Services Do They Need?

Abstract

Data from the National Survey of America's Families demonstrates that kin involved with child welfare agencies enjoy greater access to services compared with kin caring for children privately. Among low-income children in kinship care, 73 percent of those involved with child welfare agencies received government assistance compared to 25 percent of children in kinship families with no contact with child welfare agencies. Researchers analyzed receipt of TANF child-only payments, foster care payments, health insurance, food stamps, housing assistance, and child care.

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