Children in kinship care

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There has been an increase in the number of children living with extended family and close friends. Read Stepping Up for Kids: What Government and Communities Should Do to Support Kinship Families to learn how to support kinship families.

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Definitions: Children in kinship care is derived from the relationship to householder items on the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement.  Children are consider to be in kinship care when all of the following conditions are true: a parent is not present in the household; the child is not a foster child to the householder; the child is not a housemate/ roommate / border with no relatives in the household; the child is not a householder; and the child is not a spouse or unmarried partner of the householder.  The analysis excludes group quarters population.

 

Data Source: 2009-2016 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC).  Estimates represent a three-year average.

Footnotes: Updated September 2016.