Is Kinship Care Good for Kids?
Publication Date: March 2007
Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Type: Fact sheet
Coverage: United States
More than 2.5 million children are being raised by grandparents and other relatives because their parents are unable—for a variety of reasons—to care for them. A number of states have utilized subsidized guardianship programs as a way of supporting these “kinship families.” Some wonder whether kinship care is a good thing—and how we know this. This fact sheet addresses these often unasked but crucial questions.