Grandfamilies – or extended family members and close family friends and the children they raise – are growing in numbers. More than 2.7 million children are being raised in grandfamilies without any parents in the home. Although we don’t know how many, we believe many of the children in grandfamilies have disabilities or special needs. Often they may have disabilities because of the situations that led to them being cared for in a grandfamily. Some of them may develop disabilities if they do not receive services to help them while they are young.
New Resource Guide
Generations United, with the support of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust
, developed Grand Resources: A Grandparent’s and Other Relative’s Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities
to equip the caregivers, including those that provide full and part time care to relative children, with the national resources they need to help their children thrive, now and in the future. Download your guide today.
New Resource Directory
In addition to the guide, Generations United has developed a resource directory that serves as a companion piece to the guide and provides a detailed list of the quality services, resources, information, and advocacy tools vital for children with disabilities. The resource directory does not contain every resource available, however, it will be updated periodically to include new resources.
Generations United thanks the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust for their support of Generations United’s Grand Resources project.