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2017 National Child Count of Children and Youth Who Are Deaf-Blind Report

Living Setting

The vast majority of children and youth live at home with their parents or extended family (92.9%). This percentage has gone up slightly over the past five years. Fewer children and youth are living with foster parents, in state or private residential facilities, or in group homes or apartments.

Given that almost all children and youth who are deaf-blind live in a home setting, providing supports to families (nuclear, extended, and foster) is critical. Supports that include access to parent networks and leadership/self-advocacy skills training are important components of the umbrella of services needed for children who are deaf- blind and their families.