Grandparents’ Role Grows as the Economy Struggles

November 11, 2010  |  

(New York Times) — The recession continued to batter families this year, with the number of stay-at-home mothers declining and a sharp rise in the number of children living with their grandparents, according to a new Census Bureau report.  The number of children living in their grandparents’ home increased by 8 percent compared with 2009, the second such rise in two years, and an indication that the recession is rearranging how people live.  Over all, 6.5 percent of children in the United States lived with their grandparents, a 20-year high and double the rate in 1970, said Andrew Cherlin, a professor of sociology and public policy at Johns Hopkins University, who analyzed the data.

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