Black kinship caregivers face unique struggles amid COVID-19

By Nada Hassanein, USA TODAY | January 1, 2021

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The pandemic has heightened challenges for multigenerational caregivers, many of whom are vulnerable to the virus while taking care of children.

One in four children living with grandparents are Black, according to Annie E. Casey Foundation KidsCount data using U.S. Census figures. The data was central to a report from Generations United, a nonprofit for multigenerational families.

Black children are also disproportionately represented in foster care, and their kinship caretakers are essential, filling gaps in child welfare systems, the nonprofit says.

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