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Raising ChildrenEmerging Needs, Modern Risks, and Social Responses$
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Jill Duerr Berrick and Neil Gilbert

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195310122

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310122.001.0001

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From Private to Public: Paying Grandparents as Caregivers

From Private to Public: Paying Grandparents as Caregivers

(p.27) 2 From Private to Public: Paying Grandparents as Caregivers
Raising Children

Jill Duerr Berrick

Oxford University Press

The high levels of divorce, separation, and single-parenthood in modern times have created daunting issues and hardship surrounding social/emotional and financial care for children in families experiencing these struggles. This chapter examines policies that assist grandparents to step in and provide substitute family care for children who can no longer live in their parents' homes for various reasons, including parental health, maltreatment, substance abuse, and economic disruptions. This analysis cautions against policy measures that may inadvertently provide a strong incentive for low-income women to transfer their children's care to relatives. To soften these incentive effects, several adjustment to current policies are recommended that involve offering family stabilization grants to parents when children return home, monitoring subsidized guardianship arrangements, and eliminating the time limits on TANF family grants.

Keywords:   kinship care, subsidized guardianship, incentives, foster care, child care, TANF, parental care

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