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Grandfamilies
Grandfamilies are families headed by grandparents and other relatives who share their homes with their grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and/or other related children. More than six and a half million children across the country live in households maintained by grandparents or other relatives. In about a third of these homes no parents are present.

Generations United's National Center on Grandfamilies works to enact policies and promote programs to help grandfamilies address challenges. Despite facing many barriers, research shows that the children in grandfamilies thrive. Caregivers also experience benefits like an increased sense of purpose in life. 

NEW! Advocates for Families First Advocacy Agenda

NEW! Grandfamilies: A Blueprint for Coordinated Action
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NEW! Grand Resources: A Fact Sheet for Grandparent and Relative Caregivers to Help Access Support through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program.  Download today.

 

NEW! Grand Resources: A Grandparent's and Other Relatives Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities. Download your copy of this free resource today. Generations United thanks the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust for making this guide possible. Download the slides from the webinar focused on this guide.

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

Housing
Education
Health
Legal
Financial

For information on state laws and policies affecting grandfamilies visit the Grandfamilies State Law and Policy Resource Center at www.grandfamilies.org.

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

If your grandfamily needs assistance, visit Grand Fact Sheets to connect with local resources in your area.



"If not for being raised by my grandparents, I would not have a cultural identity." -Ray Krise 

Read more at Grand Successes
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