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Photo by Jeylin White
Thomas Howllington and his wife Tonya, of Riverdale, are raising 11 grandchildren. The have been affiliated with Kinship Care for four years.

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These organizations help households like the Howllingtons and the Platts, which are sometimes referred to as grandfamilies — families headed by grandparents and other relatives, who share their homes with their grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and/or other related children. According to some national estimates, more than 6 million children across the country live in households maintained by grandparents or other relatives.


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