If you are a grandparent raising grandchildren, you probably have a good grasp of the issues involved
. Understanding the issues doesn't keep you from feeling overworked and sometimes economically stressed. This list of resources may be helpful. Although individual circumstances vary widely and laws differ from state to state, you should find some information that is helpful and uplifting. Grandparents raising grandchildren deserve all the help they can get.
Begin at the beginning, with information offered by the United States government. The site offers lots of links in four different areas: benefits/assistance, health/safety, data/publications and state resources. Live chat is available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday.
This site provided by AARP, helps grandparents raising grandchildren find the benefits programs that they qualify for and locate sources of support.
The National Committee of Grandparents for Children's Rights (NCGCR) is involved in many family issues. The organization's primary advocacy efforts are directed toward helping those involved in kinship care, promoting kinship care and advocating for grandparents' visitation rights. An especially helpful section of their website contains specific information about each state.
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. The site is updated at least once a year.
This organization is dedicated to "improving the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational strategies, programs, and public policies." The website has information about kinship care.
This site includes state fact sheets and pages on financial resources, kinship adoption and other items of interest to grandparents raising grandchildren.
This website was created by Karen Best Wright and Stan Andresen, a couple who are raising three grandchildren. It tells their own story and has a place for other stories of grandparents raising grandchildren. It contains many links to information as well, but the personal touch makes this website special. Another feature is a listing of news articles by state.
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.