Children Cared for by Relatives

Brief

Children Cared for by Relatives

Who Are They and How Are They Faring?

Abstract

Of the 1.8 million children who live full-time with relatives instead of their parents, nearly a quarter face multiple social and economic risks, according to the first report to provide in-depth data on such kinship care patterns. The findings indicate that these children, many of whom have suffered abuse or neglect, frequently fail to receive the benefits and services to which they are entitled. Based on data from the 1997 National Survey of America's Families, the brief creates 3 categories of kinship caregivers and analyzes 4 measures of sociodemographic risk.

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