Stepping Up for Kids: What Government and Communities should Do to Support Kinship Families

Posted: August 13, 2012

In this policy report, the Annie E. Casey Foundation explores the increased number of children living with extended family and close friends, a longtime practice known as kinship care. “Stepping Up for Kids: What Government and Communities Should Do to Support Kinship Families” includes the latest data for states, the District of Columbia, and the nation, as well as a set of recommenda-tions on how to support kinship families.

This report and its recommendations, published by the Foundation’s KIDS COUNT project, are supplemented with a several figures and charts:

  • Figure 1: How Does the Cost of Raising Children Compare to Available Government Support?*
  • Figure 2: How Many Kinship Families Receive Financial Assistance?*
  • Table 1: How Many Children Are in Kinship Care?*
  • Table 2: Who Are Kinship Families?*
  • Table 3: Monthly TANF Child-Only and Foster Care Payment Rates
  • Table 4: Foster Children in Licensed and Unlicensed Kinship Care
  • Table 5: State Educational and Medical Consent Laws

* Indicates figure or table is included in policy report.
(From Caregiving Policy Digest, a newsletter of Family Caregiver Alliance’s National Center on Caregiving, July 26, 2012, vol. 12, #5)