Children served by the kinship care program in Louisiana

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Why This Indicator Matters

Kinship care, a living arrangement in which a child lives with relatives, is critical for the stability and safety of thousands of Louisiana children who are unable to live with their parents. The kinship care subsidy program provides a modest level of support for relatives with lower incomes who are caring for relative children. The number of children served by the Kinship Care Subsidy Program in Louisiana fell by 71% between FY 2005 and FY 2022.
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Definitions: Number: Average number of children served by the Kinship Care program in a state fiscal year (July 1-June 30).
Rate: Average number of children served by the Kinship Care program in a state fiscal year (July 1-June 30) per 1,000 children in the population.

Data Source: Kinship Care Data: Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, Office of Family Support, Quality Assurance Division
Population Data: Population Estimates Program, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau Washington D.C. Available at https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest.html 

Footnotes: The Kinship Care subsidy provides cash assistance (currently $450 a month per child) to relatives who are caring for a related child in their home. In order to qualify for the program, the child must live with the relative full-time and the parents cannot live in the same home as the child. In addition to other requirements, the relative and child must meet the program's income guidelines.

LNE (Low Number Event) - values of fewer than 5 events or rates based on fewer than five events are not reported as numerical values.

Because Kinship Care data are based on state fiscal year averages, population estimates for two years were averaged to calculate a Kinship Care participation rate per 1,000 children. 

Updated September 7, 2022