The Facts

96,000 Kentucky kids live with relatives, not parents.

Kentucky’s high levels of drug abuse and incarceration have helped push the state to No. 1 in the nation in the rate of children living with a relative or close family friend instead of a biological parent. An average of  9 percent of the children in the state were in what’s known as “kinship care” between 2016 and 2018, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Lexington Herald Leader

Local Resources

Kentucky Counseling Center

In Franklin County, mental health counseling is available to meet with child at their school.


Aging and Disability

Ask about the Family Caregiver Program. This program is through Community Action and provides stipends to grandparents/caregivers raising children.  Caregiver does not have to provide proof of custody, rather prove that child resides with him/her.


General Assistance

Apply for state assistance online including food stamps, medical card, kinship care and childcare assistance.

Foundation Resources

2019 Annual Report