Is Kinship Care Good for Kids?

Center for Law and Social Policy

More than 2.5 million children are being raised by relatives – mostly grandparents – because their parents are unable to care for them. Some states have instituted subsidized guardianship programs to support these so-called “kinship families,” but many still wonder about the benefits of such care. In that context, this fact sheet cites research that says children in kinship care experience greater stability, report more positive perceptions of their placements, are shown greater respect for their cultural traditions and have fewer behavioral problems than children in non-kinship care. Free. Three pages. (202) 906-8000,


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