WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Children who are removed from their parents' care by the child welfare system
The report highlights the sharp increase in drug overdose death rates among adults of childbearing age with increases of 29 percent among 25- to 34-year-olds and 24 percent among 35- to 44-year-olds leaving grandparents and other kin to raise children.
Overall foster care systems are relying more on grandparents and other relatives to care for children when their parents cannot. The percentage of children in foster care with relatives has increased from 24 percent in 2008 to 32 percent in 2016.
"The bad news is the increase in children losing their parents. The good news is they are more likely to be placed with relatives and research shows that children who cannot remain with their parents, do best with relatives," said Donna Butts, executive director at Generations United. "Kids experience greater stability leading them to much better outcomes. Most fundamentally, the children in grandfamilies are more likely to say they always feel loved."
Yet, grandfamilies are often not given access to the same supports and services that traditional unrelated foster families receive. Recently enacted legislation, like the Supporting Grandfamilies Raising Grandchildren Act and the Family First Prevention Services Act, show promise to help provide needed supports and services to these families.
The report includes recommendations such as:
The report is now available at www.gu.org.
Experts available for comment include:
Contact Alan King at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an interview.
About Generations United:www.gu.org
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