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ERIC Number: ED480752
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Identifying and Addressing the Needs of Children in Grandparent Care. Assessing the New Federalism: An Urban Institute Program To Assess Changing Social Policies. Series B.
Scarcella, Cynthia Andrews; Ehrle, Jennifer; Geen, Rob
This paper examines the needs of children in grandparent care, using data from the 1999 National Survey of America's Families. Information on the children was obtained from the adult in the household most knowledgeable about the child's education and health care. Most children in grandparent care live with much older caregivers and caregivers with less formal education. They tend to be younger than children in the care of other relatives. While more children in grandparent care than in other relative care live with a caregiver experiencing poverty and health problems, caregiver struggles with housing and child care appear to be less for children living with grandparents than for children living with other relatives. Similar shares of children living with grandparents and other relatives live with food insecurity if the caregiver suffers from mental health problems. Grandparents care for children with similar challenges in terms of their well-being as do other kin caring for related children. Many children in both groups do not receive services for which they are eligible. Many child welfare agencies are adapting services to better service kin caregivers involved with the child welfare system. (Contains 21 references.) (SM)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.