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Accession Number PB2013-111082
Title Children in Non-Parental Care. ASPE Research Brief.
Publication Date Dec 2012
Media Count 6p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract Typically, one or two parents and a childalong with any siblingscomprise a family, and the parents interactions with the child are a primary driver of the childs development. Yet, nearly 3 million children (3.9 percent of all children) live in homes with no parent present (U.S. Census Bureau, 2011). The majority such children live with a relative; over half live with a grandparent. A minority of all children in non-parental care are in foster care, with fewer than 300,000 in foster care. Evidence that children living with two parents fare better than children who live with only one parent (for a review, see Dunifon, 2009) raises the concern that children living with no parent may be at particular risk. Another reason for concern is that children living with non-parental caregivers experience at least one family transition, and evidence indicates that family instability can negatively affect children (for a review, see Fomby and Cherlin, 2007). Additionally, some of the circumstances resulting in non-parental care themselves may negatively affect children.
Keywords Caregivers
Child development
Foster care
Non-parental care

Source Agency Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluatio
NTIS Subject Category 44Q - Health Related Costs
92C - Social Concerns
44L - Health Care Needs & Demands
57E - Clinical Medicine
Corporate Author Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (HHS), Washington, DC. Office of Human Services Policy.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1326
Contract Number N/A

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