Kinship Care Statistics
Provides resources with data on the number of children living in kinship care and the number of relative caregivers assuming the caregiving role. Resources include State and local examples.
Grandchildren in the Care of Grandparents
Kids Count Data Center
Draws upon Federal survey data to present by State the number of children under age 18 living in households where one or more grandparents provide primary care.
Summarizes recent research on the numbers of children and caregivers in grandfamilies, the races and ethnicities of those families, and information on their involvement with the child welfare system.
Presents several decades of research on the living arrangements of children and includes information on children living in their grandparents' homes.
GrandFacts: Data, Interpretation, and Implications for Caregivers (PDF - 2112 KB)
Generations United (2009)
Reviews data on a less common type of grandfamily: skipped-generation grandfamilies, or those headed by grandparents in which no parents of the grandchildren are present.
Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren (PDF - 69 KB)
Discusses the numbers and characteristics of grandparents who are assuming the primary caregiver role of their grandchildren and lists the States with the most grandparent caregivers.
Kinship Caregivers in the Child Welfare System (PDF - 417 KB)
National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect & Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (2010)
Analyzes data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being to examine the characteristics of parenting provided by kinship caregivers to children 10 years old or younger who have been involved in investigations of child maltreatment.
Patterns of Relative Adoption (PDF - 1339 KB)
Roundtable, 20(1), 2006
Discusses the rise in the rate of adoption by relatives in the United States, particularly among African-Americans; describes the characteristics of children adopted by relatives and of relatives who adopt; and explores adoption trends for children with disabilities.
Since the Start of the Great Recession, More Children Raised by Grandparents
Livingston & Parker (2010)
Considers the reasons for the increase in children living with grandparent caregivers, since 2007, profiles grandparent caregivers, and discusses other ways grandparents help their adult children.
State Involvement in Private Kin Arrangements
State Child Welfare Policy Database, Casey Family Programs & Child Trends
Presents data on the number of States that have ongoing involvement with kinship caregivers in private kin arrangements. The database addresses several other policy issues.
State and local examples
Foster Care Diversion Study (PDF - 282 KB)
Virginia Division of Family Services (2009)
Discusses findings of a study that investigated the number of children diverted from foster care and placed with relatives in Virginia.
Grand Families Count in Idaho (PDF - 2189 KB)
Idaho Kids Count (2008)
Summarizes research on the number of grandparent households raising children and explores the legal, economic, and social issues for caregivers in Idaho who raise their relative children.
Ohio and Kinship Care: The Challenge for Grandparents and Other Caregivers (PDF - 1933 KB)
Children's Defense Fund-Ohio (2007)
Provides statistics on kinship care in Ohio for 2005. The report includes information on the incidence of kinship care and the characteristics of kinship caregivers and the children in their care.
A Research Brief on Child Well-Being: Kinship Children in New York State (PDF - 256 KB)
New York Council on Children and Families (2012)
Discusses the financial, emotional, and legal impact on relative caregivers using data from the New York kinship program.