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Children Living in Grandparent-Led and Multigenerational Families: Implications for Policy and Practice

  • Natasha Pilkauskas, J. Michael Collins, and LaShawnDa Pittman
  • September 06 2023
  • W104-2023

Natasha Pilkauskas

LaShawnDa Pittman

Natasha Pilkauskas, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
J. Michael Collins, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
LaShawnDa Pittman, American Ethnic Studies, University of Washington

The number of children living in multigenerational households has been increasing steadily since the 1980s, and as of 2021, more than 10% of children (roughly seven and a half million) share a home with two or more generations. While the stays may be relatively short, overall, about 30% of children will live in a multigenerational or skipped-generation household at some point during their childhood. This is even more common for children of color and for those whose adult family members are low income. In this webinar, the panelists will examine the scope of the issue and its implications for child wellbeing and security, as well as opportunities in policy and practice to support these children and their adult household members.

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Child Development & Well-Being, Child Poverty, Children, Early Childhood Care & Education, Economic Support, Education & Training, Family & Partnering, Family Structure, Financial Security, Inequality & Mobility, Intergenerational Poverty, Means-Tested Programs, Parenting, Racial/Ethnic Inequality, Social Insurance Programs


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