Extended family members and close family friends care for more than 2.7 million children in the U.S.
Extended family members and close family friends care for more than 2.7 million children in the U.S., an increase of almost 18 percent over the past decade. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT program estimates that 9 percent of youth will live with extended family in “kinship care” for at least three consecutive months at some point before age 18. About 104,000 of these children have been placed with kin formally, as part of the state-supervised foster care system.
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