District of Columbia State Information

In the District of Columbia, approximately over 22,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers. This number accounts for about 20% of the City total population of children.

The District of Columbia has offer the Grandparent Caregiver Program on a temporary basis since 2005, and in 2009 it became a permanent item on the D.C. Budget. This program is offered to qualifying families where a grandparent is the head of the household. The program has been largely beneficial to the City, because it prevents children from entering the foster care network, which is more costly to the City. The fate of the program for Fiscal Year 2012 is unknown, and many lobbying organizations are attempting to prevent a cut to the program.

The District of Columbia offers a diverse range of services, support, and assistance for relative care families. Through public and private partnerships the state has been able to place many children with relatives, and prevent their entrance into the foster system.

By the Numbers
  • Over 22,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers.
  • Approximately 20% of the total child population lives with grandparents or other relative caregivers.
  • 23% of Grandparent caregivers live below the poverty line.

For more information, or to participate in District of Columbia advocacy, please call 518-833-0215 or email

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