Parental substance abuse, incarceration, serious physical and mental illness, abuse and neglect, and disability are contributing to a massive shift in who is caring for children in the U.S., especially in Kentucky.

An astonishing 2.7 million grandparents in America are now responsible for raising their grandchildren. According to Kentucky Youth Advocates, a nonprofit organization that focuses on ensuring equity for vulnerable children and families, especially lower-income, minority, and otherwise disadvantaged youth, the Commonwealth has the highest rate of “kinship care” in the country. A related group, the Kinship Families Coalition of Kentucky says there are 56,000 kids being raised by grandparents in the Bluegrass State … Read More