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 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.

Keep updated on grandfamilies news by signing up for our quarterly newsletter, The Grand Voice.

Grandfamilies Policy Information

The State of Grandfamilies in America Annual Reports

Resource Grand Resources Directory
This resource directory serves as a companion piece to the Generations United publication Grand Resources: A Grandparent’s and Other Relative’s Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities.
Resource Partners In Education Learning Goals Assessment Tool
This tool can be used in assessing the quality of key aspects of your partnering school. It can also be used as a guide when planning changes in those aspects of the partnering school.