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Kinship caregivers are those who are raising their relative’s children [grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings and non-relatives (fictive kin)]. The number of children in Kinship Care rises significantly each year.

According to the Arizona Department of Economic Security Division of Children, Youth and Families:

  • As of June 30, 2012, there were 287 kinship foster caregivers licensed as foster parents providing out-of-home care for 503 related foster children.
  • As of June 30, 2012, there were 2,664 unlicensed kinship caregivers providing homes for 4,323 related foster children.
  • For the 4,323 children placed in kinship foster care (unlicensed), the average monthly financial support from the state to kinship caregivers per child is $65.57. This compares to an average monthly reimbursement to family foster care providers (licensed kinship and licensed non-kinship) of $719.47 per child.
  • As of June 30, 2012, there were 4,826 children in kinship foster care, which is 36 percent of the total out-of-home care population of 13,385 children.
  • The average age for children in kinship foster care was 6.8 years.
  • The largest percentage of children in kinship foster care, 1,340 or 28 percent, are between ages one to three.
  • Kinship foster caregivers age 41 and older comprise 75 percent of all the kinship foster caregivers.

 

According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s national data:

  • Extended family members and close family friends care for more than 2.7 million children in this country.
  • Overall, 1 in 11 children lives in kinship care at some point before the age of 18.
  • More than 1 in 4 children in foster care — approximately 104,000 children — are in foster care with relatives.
  • About 4 percent of all children are in kinship care. While only around 104,000 of them are in state-supervised foster care, they represent nearly 26 percent of the foster care population.
  • Less than 12 percent of kinship families receive any assistance from TANF, although nearly 100 percent of the children in such families are eligible, as well as many of the caregivers themselves.
  • Only 17 percent of low-income working kinship caregivers receive child care assistance.
  • Only 15 percent of low-income kinship caregivers receive any housing assistance.

 

For more information:

Stepping Up For Kids Policy Report 2012

Kinship Report 2012