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The recently published US Census report on "Coresident Grandparents and Grandchildren" analyzes data derived from the March Current Population Survey (CPS) and documents a 30-year rise in the numbers of grandchildren living with their Grandparents. The report examines the household structure of such coresidences (e.g., with or without parents present; with one grandparent vs. both) as well as the age, gender, region, and economic resources of adults in the household, correlating such data to the "economic well-being of coresident grandchildren." The report concludes that, "while most grandparents and their coresident grandchildren are not experiencing severe economic hardships, those in certain family structures are at an increased risk." In particular, the study found that "grandchildren in grandparent-maintained families are more likely to be poor than those in parent-maintained families. And grandmother-child-grandchild families are the most likely to be poor." The report considers the implications of its findings on such policy issues as welfare reform, child health insurance legislation, and education.
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