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Missouri State Information

In Missouri, approximately over 96,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers. Additionally, over 43,000 grandparents reported having their grandchildren living with them.

The Missouri State Child Welfare Manual in section 12.3 makes it clear that the primary concern for court mandated child placement is in kinship care. State Statute 453.325, revised in 2010, changed the Missouri Grandparents as Foster Parents Program; whereas, eligible grandparents and/or other relative caregivers will only receive financial assistance of up to 75% of the foster care reimbursement schedule. The original statute was 100% (equal to) the foster care reimbursement schedule. Other resources available to kinship care families may be made available to those eligible through TANF funds and programs.

Missouri’s financial support of kinship care families is on the decline. Organizations and individuals need to advocate for equal or greater subsidies for kinship cares families in relation to foster care families. This is especially necessary, since the state recognizes kinship families as the preferred form of care.

By the Numbers
  • Over 96,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers.
  • Over 43,000 grandparents report having their grandchildren living with them.
Grandparent Visitation

Download the Grandparent Visitation information here (current as of 8/1/11)

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