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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 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.

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 grandfamiliesLearn more.

  Our State of Grandfamilies in America 2017 - In Loving Arms: The Protective Role of Grandparents and Other Relatives in Raising Children Exposed to Trauma - report is out! 
 
 The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a decision affecting families in Kentucky and Ohio. Read more here.
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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