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Grandfamilies

Generations United's National Center on Grandfamilies works to enact policies and promote programs to help grandfamilies address challenges. Our work is informed by a national network of grandfamily caregivers. For information on existing state laws and policies affecting grandfamilies visit the Grandfamilies State Law and Policy Resource Center at www.grandfamilies.org.

Grandfamilies or kinship families are families in which children reside with and are being raised by grandparents, other extended family members, and adults with whom they have a close family-like relationship such as godparents and close family friends. About 7.8 million children across the country live in households headed by grandparents or other relatives. About 2.5 million grandparents report they are responsible for their grandchildren's needs. In about a third of these homes neither of the children's parents are in the home. 


Despite facing many barriers, research shows that the children in grandfamilies thrive. Caregivers also experience benefits like an increased sense of purpose in life.

Generations United is part of the Advocates for Families First partnership with the National Foster Parent Association and the North American Council on Adoptable Children. Together, we raise the voices of kinship, foster, and adoptive families. Learn more

The State of Grandfamilies in America Annual Reports

Grandfamilies Annotated Bibliography Database
News
The bipartisan Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act was introduced in May 2017 to create a federal task force and central place for information for grandfamilies. Learn more.


Our State of Grandfamilies in America 2016 - Raising the Children of the Opioid Epidemic: Solutions and Supports for Grandfamiliesreport is out! 



Congress adjourned for 2016 without passing the Family First Act. Thank you for your tireless advocacy in support of the bill. We must continue to raise our voices.  Learn more 

Challenging Issues for Grandfamilies
Common challenges faced by many grandfamilies include:

Housing
Education
Health
Legal
Financial

For success stories from children raised in grandfamilies read Grand Successes: Stories of lives well-raised.
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