“Kinship Families” Becoming More Common

Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX)- A new report out this month shows a growing number of children being raised by grandparents or other relatives, often called “Kinship Families”.

Laura Speer is with the Annie E. Casey Foundation says it’s a problem for children and caregivers. The report issued by her group shows kinship caregivers are more likely to be single, less-educated, unemployed, and poor.

“Oftentimes, they are grandparents so they’re older, and more likely to be on fixed incomes,” Speer says. “They tend to have lower education levels than other parents.”

Speer says they are often unaware of government programs in place to help them raise a child.

The report shows that up to 56,000 children across Missouri find themselves in “Kinship” family relationships.

Speer says it’s a phenomenon that’s on the rise.

“Over the last decade, we found that there has been an 18 percent increase in the number of children who are being cared for by kin,” Speer says. “There’s about 2.7 million kids nationwide.”

And that’s a big problem, according to Speer.

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