Resources for Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren

 More than six million children in the United States - approximately 1 in 12 - are living in households headed by grandparents or other relatives. In about one-third of these homes, grandparents and other relatives are taking on the primary responsibility of raising their grandchildren without the children’s parents present in the home.

 There are many resources available to help grandparents fulfill their role as primary caregivers.  The following resources provide information on available local services, health and financial benefits, and legal issues: 

 ·         National Center on Grandparents Raising their Grandchildren.  Find local programs, legal resources, and online groups for grandparents raising children the second time around.

  ·         A Grandparents Guide for Family Nurturing & Safety. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, along with pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., provides information about establishing healthy relationships and boundaries with grandparents, parents, and grandchildren.

 ·         AARP Foundation Grandparenting ProgramLooking for information about being a grandparent? Have visitation problems? Raising grandchildren? The AARP Foundation Grandparenting Program is here to help. It has a variety of resources to help grandparents in various family roles, including resources that strengthen their health, finances, and family connections.

 ·         The United States Government has a section for grandparents on the www.usa.gov web site with information about health and safety and financial benefits.

 ·         In a unique national partnership, AARP Foundation, Brookdale Foundation Group, Casey Family Programs, Child Welfare League of America, Children's Defense Fund, and Generations United have compiled and released state fact sheets that include census data on grandparent caregivers, a list of local programs, resources, and services, state foster care polices, and information about public benefit programs.  Download the fact sheet for California.