Kids Central, Ocala, FL

One Childhood, One Chance

Abstract: More than six million children in the U.S. live in households headed by relatives other than their parents who provide full-time care, nurturing, and protection. Of these children, 4.5 million are cared for by their grandparents. By conservative estimates, these caregivers are saving taxpayers more than $6.5 billion per year in federal foster care costs. In Florida alone, 258,952 children live in grandparent-headed households (7.1% of all the children in the state), and there are another 86,152 children living in households headed by other relatives (2.4% of all the children in the state). Many grandparents reported a need to simply talk with other grandparents who are also raising grandchildren. For some families, support groups and informational resources will sufficiently meet their needs. The Kids Central Kinship program has evolved to meet the unique needs of kinship families,serving over 3,000 children and successfully diverting more than 90% of the children out of the formalized child welfare system.

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