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Grandma and Grandpa are raising our little ones more than ever before, new census data shows. According to an analysis of the U. S. Census conducted by the Pew Research Center, 2.9 million children are not living with their parents, but with their grandparents. That’s 16 percent more than in 2000.
Why the huge increase? Most of the reasons Pew offers seem obvious, such as the economy: a parent might lose his or her job and not be able to afford to bring up baby. Other factors include a parent's serious illness, drug or alcohol abuse, divorce, military deployment and teen parenthood.
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