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Should Taxpayers Support Childcare Costs for Grandparents or Other Relatives Raising a Child?

About a quarter of a million Texas kids live with some family member, or close friend, other than their parents. This keeps them out of foster care, but can put a financial strain on their caregivers, for which there’s little public financial support. Should there be? Asenior policy analyst with the progressive think tank, the […]

About a quarter of a million Texas kids live with some family member, or close friend, other than their parents. This keeps them out of foster care, but can put a financial strain on their caregivers, for which there's little public financial support. Should there be?

Asenior policy analyst with the progressive think tank, the Center for Public Policy Priorities, last month told Houston Public Media's Carrie Feibel what little financial aid exists for such "kinship caregivers" should be increased to match the money provided to foster parents. But why should taxpayers support child care costs for a grandparent, or aunt or uncle, in a way they would not support costs for parents?

We ask Katherine Barillas, Director of Child Welfare Policy at One Voice Texas, a non-profit health and human services advocacy group.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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