When parents are unable to care for their children, grandparents often step in. Today, the US Census estimates 2.7 million grandparents are raising their grandchildren.
Raising grandchildren gives kids a sense of security, develops a deeper relationship, and keeps the family together. However, it is challenging, too. Resources are available, and we’ve listed a few below:
Sometimes you might just need to talk with someone who identifies with your situation. Often, a support system can make all the difference when dealing with stressful circumstances. Daily Strength is an online community with a special online support group for grandparents who are the primary caregivers of their grandchildren.
AARP offers what’s called a GrandFamilies Guide with specific information on legal documents, finances, health insurance, education, child care and many other resources to help grandparents ensure their rights and their grandchild’s rights are protected. Grandparents as Parents of Kentucky has a resource guide specific to our state. Kinship Families Coalition of Kentucky lets you search for resources by county.
USA.gov is a federal government website that has a special page for grandparents who are raising grandchildren, which allows access to information about benefits, social services, insurance planning and many other resources.
If an older adult is doesn’t have any grandkids but would like to work with children, the Foster Grandparent Program is always looking for volunteers. Providing one-on-one tutoring and mentoring to children, volunteers can make a positive impact at a critical time in their lives.
The grandparent-grandchild connection is special. With community resources, the stress of raising a second family unexpectedly doesn’t have to break that bond.