More than 2.5 million grandparents take on the role of parent

Grandfamilies?

They've worked hard all their lives, raised children, and looked forward to enjoying their later years and retirement.

But plans have changed for more than two million who have had to take on the responsibility of raising grandchildren. Their golden years have been put on hold as they have begun another cycle of child-rearing. The number of grandparents who provide primary care for their grandchildren is growing. Nationwide, more than 2.5 million grandparents are taking on the responsibility of raising grandchildren in a growing American phenomenon...“Grandfamilies,” according to a recent article in USA Today, cited in a report from Voice for Adoption.

Kinship Center Family Ties Kinship Care programs in Monterey County and San Luis Obispo County serve hundreds of such families each week who have taken on the unexpected care of grandchildren whose parents are in prison, on drugs, or otherwise not present. Many are living at or below the poverty level and need help with not only  housing, transportation, and the logistics of managing an expanded family, but also with accessing local resources, parenting children with scars of past trauma, counseling and mental health services, guardianship, and other assistance that will help them create a healthy new family.

For more information on Kinship Center's Kinship Care program, click here.

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