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McKenzie Evans, 16 months, has been with her grandparents since she was born. The toddler is ready to dip in the water at Clayton County International Beach during Kinship Care Annual Family Fun Day.

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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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