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Data Sources on Parents


Demographic Information
The U.S. Census Bureau collected data about grandparent-headed households as part of the 2000 census. This data is available in the brief Grandparents Living with Grandchildren: 2000.

In addition, demographic characteristics of grandparents and grandchildren are collected annually in the March Current Population Survey for the Nation, available through the Census bookstore.

CWLA, in conjunction with the Children's Defense Fund, AARP, Casey National Center for Resource Family Support, the Brookdale Foundation, Generations United, the Urban Institute, and Johnson & Hedgpeth Consultants have created fact sheets containing the most up-to-date state information related to kinship care. The fact sheets provide
  • newly available census data on the number of grandparent caregivers,
  • a comprehensive list of kinship care family resources and services,
  • state foster care policies for kinship caregivers,
  • information about key public benefits programs, and
  • state kinship care laws.
Children's Defense Fund (CDF) Resources Generations United National Center on Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children seeks to improve the quality of life of these caregivers and the children they are raising. Using an intergenerational framework that considers the needs of each generation in these families, the center is educating policymakers at the national, state, and local levels, raising awareness among professionals in the public and private sectors, and providing education and training to service practitioners.

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping older persons and sponsors the AARP Grandparent Information Center. There are links to a range of benefits and services available to AARP members who are raising grandchildren. National and state data on grandparents raising children is available on AARP's website, in addition to policy and research related to this population.

CWLA Services and Supports
CWLA provides direct support to agencies that serve children and families and improves the quality of the services they provide to more than 9 million children every year.

CWLA produces programs, publications, research, conferences, professional development, and consultation. Information on kinship care is available at CWLA has also developed Standards of Excellence for Kinship Care Services.

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