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Grandfamilies: First Responders for Children

Nurses, doctors and other first responders are suiting up and doing the heroic work they are trained to do during the COVID-19 pandemic without regard for their personal safety.

Another group of first responders shows up 24/7, too: grandparents and other relatives raising children — our country’s grandfamilies.

During the current health crisis, adults over the age of 60 and people with compromised immune systems are asked to isolate themselves and not have contact with children and young people.

This isn’t possible for the 2.4 million grandparents who have primary responsibility for raising their grandchildren. Like our first responders, caregivers are the first line of defense for the children in their care. Read the full blog post by our Executive Director Donna Butts.