At 54 years of age, Sally thought her parenting days were behind her after her children finished high school. But last year, when her 10-year-old granddaughter needed a home, Sally stepped in to help.
Sally is a kinship parent, a close relative or family friend, who cares for the child(ren) when the parents are unable to. Several reasons account for situations when kinship parents are needed. For example, parents may be deceased, ill, incarcerated, or involved with drugs. In the United Stat