Nine percent of Kentucky’s kids lived with relatives other than their parents from 2016 through 2018. This is the highest rate in the nation, according to recent data from the Census Bureau.
This high percentage of Kentucky kids living with relatives means service providers like Jewish Family and Career Services in Louisville have even more caregiver relatives to help.
Joann Kalb, a therapist, works with many grandparents who are raising grandchildren and leads support groups. Many of these children, she says, deal with what’s happened through behavioral health problems.