Kinship caregivers (both private and public) appear to be much more likely than non-kin foster parents to be single (Barth et al., 1994; Beeman et al., 1996; Bonecutter and Gleeson, 1997; Chipungu and Everett, 1994; Chipungu et al., 1998; Dubowitz, 1990; Gaudin and Sutphen, 1993; Gebel, 1996; Geen and Clark, 1999; Le Prohn, 1994; Pecora et al., 1999; Scannapieco et al., 1997). Approximately half (Harden et al., 1997) of private kinship caregivers and between 48 and 62 percent of public kinship care providers (Berrick et al., 1994; Chipungu et al., 1998; Gebel, 1996; Le Prohn, 1996) are single. In contrast, an estimated 21 to 37 percent of non-kin foster parents are single (Berrick et al., 1994; Chipungu et al., 1998; Gebel, 1996; Le Prohn, 1996). Moreover, public kinship caregivers are far less likely to have ever married (Chipungu et al., 1998; Geen and Clark, 1999). One study found that approximately 18 percent of public kinship caregivers have never married, compared to 8 percent of non-kin foster parents (Chipungu et al., 1998).

 

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