It's called "Kinship Care."
It means relatives stepping in to raise a child, and it happens for many reasons.
Whether it's parents being deployed to combat in the Middle East, physical or mental illness, or incarceration, all over the country, grandparents or other relatives are being called on to raise a child. Today, more than 4.9 million children are living in grandparent-headed households.
And that presents challenges and rewards.
Lynn Nee, Clinical Instructor and Kinship Care Education Center Coordinator at Michigan State University’s School of Social Work talked to us today about the ups and downs of kinship care.
Listen to full interview above.