Kinship Families

Supporting children and relatives in kinship families

More than 2.9 million children are living in “kinship families” and “GrandFamilies”— terms frequently used interchangeably to describe families where a child is raised by grandparents or other relatives when their parents are unable to do so. Sometimes a child is formally removed from his parents’ care by the state and placed with relatives in foster care. In other cases, children live with relatives informally without the involvement of child welfare agencies, or children may be “diverted” to relatives by the courts.  These willing caregivers may need financial or other help to appropriately meet the children’s needs. We are working to ensure the needs of these kinship families are met to ensure children are kept safe, healthy, in loving families, and reaching their full potential. Learn more about the work CDF is doing to support kinship families.