North Carolina State Information

In North Carolina, approximately over 174,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers. Additionally, over 79,000 grandparents reported having their grandchildren living with them. In the operations manual of the North Carolina Division of Social Services Family Services, kinship care is the primary choice for child placement.

The Division of Health and Human Services in connection with the Department on Aging and Adult Services were awarded a grant from the Brookdale Foundation in 1997, which started its the Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP). Since the program began, it has formed partnerships with various organizations, governmental and nongovernmental, to provide support groups and education to senior citizens caring for children. The state was able to further expand its support of kinship care families in 2001 when it started its Family Caregiver Support Program, which increased assistance and support to grandparents that are 60 and older, who are raising children under the age of 18.

North Carolina offers a diverse range of services, support, and assistance for kinship 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 174,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers.
  • Over 79,000 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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