Casper, Wy – Census numbers estimate that about five thousand Wyoming children are raised by their grandparents. Another thousand children are raised by other family members who are not parents. But paperwork and legal challenges make the task difficult. That's too bad, according to Doctor David Rubin of the child advocacy organization Safe Place. He has been studying the issue of whether family members should help raise children. Rubin says his results show that displaced children do better when they are raised by relatives.
Thousands of people are meeting in Washington D-C this week to try and help family caregivers. Officials say they want states to reduce the legal twists and turns that make it more difficult for grandparents and others to raise kids.