Across the United States, almost 7.8 million children are living in homes where grandparents or other relatives are the householders, with more than 5.8 million children living in grandparents’ homes and nearly 2 million children living in other relatives’ homes. These families are often called “grandfamilies.”
Here in Idaho, the numbers of “grandfamilies” is just as sobering:
- 10,000 Idaho children (2 percent of the total child population of Idaho) live with a relative with no parent present.
- 27,825 (6.5 percent of the total children in the state) Idaho children under 18 live in homes where householders are grandparents or other relatives.
- 21,832 (5.1 percent) of these Idaho children live with grandparents.
- 5,993 (1.4 percent) of these Idaho children live with other relatives.
These Idaho grandparents and other relative caregivers and the children they are raising are often isolated. They lack access to information about the range of support services, resources, programs, benefits, laws and policies available to help them successfully fulfill their caregiving role. In addition, to better serve children, families and older adults, educators and program practitioners need access to information about these key resources. Policy makers also need information and education about the issues facing these “grandfamilies” to make informed decision about the resources and benefits for the children they care for (GrandFacts, 2018).
The Idaho KinCare Project would love for you to join us on May 22 in Lewiston, May 23 in Boise, or May 24 in Pocatello as we welcome national speaker Dr. Andrea Smith, who will talk about rural kinship care, the meth and opioid epidemic, trauma, raising children in the 21st Century, and how KinCare providers can advocate for themselves through support groups and requests for more rights at the state level.
To learn more about KinCare in Idaho, please join us. Social work CEUs are available at each location. Learn more about the speaking tour and register here: https://www.idahokincare.com/
More Idaho grandfamily facts: http://www.grandfamilies.org/Portals/0/State%20Fact%20Sheets/Grandfamilies-Fact-Sheet-Idaho.pdf