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ERIC Number: ED452287
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Children Cared for by Relatives: Who Are They and How Are They Faring? New Federalism: National Survey of America's Families, Series B, No. B-28. Assessing the New Federalism: An Urban Institute Program To Assess Changing Social Policies.
Ehrle, Jennifer; Geen, Rob; Clark, Rebecca
This brief documents the numbers of children living in different types of kinship environments, characteristics of those environments, and services these children receive. Data come from the 1997 National Survey of America's Families, a nationally representative survey of households with people under age 65 that measures economic, health, and social characteristics. This analysis uses information from the sample of children under age 18. The three types of kinship care this brief examines are: private kinship care (1.3 million children being cared for privately by relatives without involvement of a public child welfare agency); kinship foster care (200,000 children living with relatives because a child welfare agency removed them from their parents due to abuse or neglect, took them into state custody, and placed them with a relative); and voluntary kinship care (300,000 children who came to the attention of child protection services and were placed with kin, but who are not in state custody). Results indicate that: the population of children living in voluntary kinship care is substantial; children in all kinship care environments face substantial socioeconomic risk; and despite being eligible to receive services, relatively few children in kinship care live in families that do. (Contains 12 references.) (SM)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.; Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, CA.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.; Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY.; Weingart Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.; Fund for New Jersey, East Orange.; Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Milwaukee, WI.; Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.