Report: Number of West Virginia Kids Raised by Other Relatives Up
A study says the number of children in West Virginia who are being raised by other relatives or close family friends has grown significantly.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Kids Count report released Wednesday shows more than 19,000 children whose parents could no longer care for them were living with extended family in 2010.
That is a jump of 27% from 2001.
The average growth nationally was 18%.
The nonprofit group says the practice known as kinship care often comes with financial, emotional and legal challenges, and government and community programs can help.