Supporting Kinship Families

More than 2.5 million children are being raised by grandparents or other relatives because for varying reasons their parents are unable to do so.  The reasons vary - sometimes the parents have substance abuse problems, mental health problems or physical conditions that prevent them from meeting their children's needs - sometimes the parents are incarcerated.  Whatever the reason, the children struggle with similar issues. Those who step in to care for children in their parents' absence often need help meeting the children's needs.  Research indicates that when children cannot be cared for by their parents they typically do better when they can be cared for by relatives.  CLASP works to identify and highlight practices that help support kinship families and to identify, develop and advocate for policies that promote such practices.

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