Kinship care, sometimes referred to as relative care, is when children are living with and being raised by family members other than their birth parents. Uncles and aunts are caring for nephews and nieces, cousins look after cousins, and grandparents are bringing up their grandchildren.
This is a way of life for thousands of families across the country. According to the 2010 US Census, there were 123,390 minor children in Washington State living in homes headed by grandparents or other relatives. That’s 7.8% of children in our state.