Resources for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

A Listing of Some Helpful Websites

If you are a grandparent raising grandchildren, you don't need anyone second-guessing your decision. You probably have a good grasp of the issues involved. What you may need is some help, especially when you are feeling overworked and economically stressed. This list of resources may be beneficial.

As you work your way through these sites, you will see that many resources are listed over and over again. You will also find that some sites are more user-friendly than others and also that some...MORE seem better suited to your particular needs. A good strategy is to "adopt" one site as your major source for information. Many of these sites allow users to ask questions via email or chat. That can be a better use of time than endless online searching. 

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    Grandparents raising grandchildren need all the help they can get. Photo © Jamie Chomas | Getty Images

    Begin at the beginning, with information offered by the United States government. Scroll down to the topic, "Help for Children Living With Relatives." Live chat is available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

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    AARP provides a multi-page guide for grandparents raising grandchildren, addressing topics such as work, finances and legal issues. Its list of GrandFamilies Resources contains almost a hundred other websites that could be helpful.

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    AARP has partnered with several other organizations to bring you this site, which enables you to get a fact sheet for your particular state. In addition to statistics about grandparents raising grandchildren in your state, the fact sheet includes lists of helpful organizations, information about kinship care and a listing of public benefits, all tailored for residents of your state. A national fact sheet is also available.

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    This organization is dedicated to "improving the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational strategies, programs, and public policies." The Grandfamilies tab has resources for grandparents raising grandchildren, including a downloadable guide for raising grandchildren with disabilities.

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    This division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contains a great deal of information that may be helpful to grandparents raising grandchildren. It is not, however, located in one spot. Find information by browsing tabs such as "Children and Youth" and "Financial Security." You'll find information on adoption, foster care, Head Start and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). 

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    A division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this website has a page dedicated to raising children again. It has two listings: one for benefits and one for other helpful information. This site lists many of the resources found above, but contains others not commonly included. At any rate, it's good to have a comprehensive list in one place. 

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    This collaborative initiative between Georgia State and Western Michigan universities is responsible for promoting and publishing research on the topic of grandparents raising grandchildren. It publishes a journal, GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy. Issues can be read online using the links provided. Though aimed at a scholarly audience, many articles will be of interest to kinship caregivers.

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    CANGRANDS is a not-for-profit  organization that supports all kinship caregivers who live in Canada. The site provides advice about legal and health issues as well as being a source of emotional support. Members receive newsletters, can participate in chats and can learn how to start a support group in their area.