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What Is Kinship Care?

A caring adult who takes on fulltime responsibility of raising a child of a relative or friend when the parents are unwilling or unable to care for them. Kinship caregivers include: grandparents, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, godparents, ex-step parents, family friends.

2011 Grand Rally
2011 Grand Rally in Washington, DC

Where Your Voice Is Heard

The number of children in grandparent - headed households have increased 30% since 1990 to 2000.

  • 1 of every 12 children in the U.S. (6 million children) are being raised by grandparents and other relative caregivers.
  • Ohio has almost 222,699 children (nearly 8.9% of all Ohio children) being raised by grandparents and other kinship caregivers.
  • Ohio’s state policy requires that kin be considered first when an out-of-home placement is needed for a child under the care of a public children services agency.
- 2000 Census & AARP