Children Living in Nonparental Care

Nearly 3 million, or almost 4 percent of American children, live in a home where no parent is present. Most of these children live with relatives, over half with a grandparent, and roughly 300,000 are in foster care. Little is known about the family dynamics for children in nonparental care, the reasons for their entry into nonparental care, and how these reasons may affect their well-being.

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