Number of Children Raised by Relatives, Family Friends Continues to Climb, Report Finds

Issued as part of the foundation's KIDS COUNT series, the report, Stepping Up for Kids: What Government and Communities Should Do to Support Kinship Families (20 pages, PDF), found that approximately 9 percent of youths will live with a member or members of their extended family for at least three consecutive months at some point before the age of 18 because their parents can no longer care for them. The report also found that these arrangements often involve family members and friends with limited incomes who struggle to meet the basic needs of children in their care — a challenge that could be alleviated with improved awareness of and access to government and community-based programs. Click on the link to read the full article or access the report.