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