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WHATThe AARP GrandFamilies Guide helps support grandparents who are raising their grandchildren with issues ranging from coping with an overwhelming task, to financial, legal and child support assistance along with childcare options.
WHYSo that grandparents acting as parents to their grandchildren have access to the resources that will help them to raise and support their grandchildren.
GrandFamilies Guide available online.
Across the USA.

Program Description

"Across the United States, almost 7.8 million children are living in homes where grandparents or other relatives are the householders, with more than 5.8 million children living in grandparents' homes and nearly 2 million children living in other relatives' homes. These families are often called grandfamilies."

The “AARP GrandFamilies Guide for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren” helps grandparents find out about:

-How to get others to help out in caring for a grandchild such as: Simply asking for help, having a family and friend meeting of close and extended family members, dividing up tasks and delegating responsibilities.

-How to access child support services for grandparents such as: Schools, Children's Services, Children and Families or Child Welfare Office, Faith-based organizations, Community Centers, YMCA and YWCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Mentoring programs, such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and colleges and universities.

-How to understand Legal issues between grandparent and grandchild such as: Custody, guardianship, adoption, and foster care.

-How to get child support, government assistance, financial help and help with a child's education for grandparents raising grandchildren.

-Child care such as: In-home care, headstart programs, pre-school, family daycare.

-How to find a flexible job so that a grandparent can care for their grandchild.

-How to deal with parental visitation from parents with drug or alcohol addictions, or who are in prison.

For more information and support, grandparents can visit the AARP website for a listing of ‘GrandFacts’ which are Fact Sheets for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children by each State and include:

  • Census data on Granparent raising grandchildren
  • State and local programs and resources
  • Foster care policies and services
  • Public benefits and financial assistance
  • Education assistance
  • State laws

‘Grandfacts’ have been made possible by the Brookdale Foundation and Generations United.




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