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Stepping Up for Kids: What Government and Communities Should Do to Support Kinship Families, 2012
May 22, 2012
Download file: casey_kinship_report_2012.pdf
The time-honored tradition of kinship care helps protect children and maintains strong family, community and cultural connections. When children cannot remain safely with their parents, other family and friends can provide a sense of security, positive identity, and belonging. Over the past decade, the number of children living in kinship care nationally has increased almost 18 percent, to more than 2.7 million children.
The KIDS COUNT policy report highlights what advocates, particularly those in California, worry about, which is that critical services serving these children may not be prioritized as counties look to meet the many needs of children coming in contact with the Child Welfare System.
Children Now is The Annie E. Casey KIDS COUNT grantee for the state of California.