The number of children being raised by their grandparents has risen sharply since the start of the recession in 2007, according to a new Pew Research Center study that found one in 10 children in the U.S. now lives with a grandparent.This is a little confusing because there are often parents and grandparents in the same household. Check the Pew report for details.
The trend was most noticeable among whites, Pew said in its analysis of census data. Those whites who were primary caregivers for their grandchildren rose 9 percent from 2007 to 2008, compared with a 2 percent increase among black grandparents and no change among Hispanics. In all, 2.9 million children are being raised mainly by at least one grandparent, or 4 percent of all children.
I wonder how many of these are single moms who used the family court to win sole custody and cut off the dad, but then turned the kids over to the grandparents to rear.