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.
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.
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.
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.
Formerly known as The National Committee of Grandparents for Children's Rights, the National Kinship Alliance for Children 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.
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.
The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) has been very active in directing attention to issues of kinship care. This site includes state fact sheets and pages on financial resources, kinship adoption and other items of interest to grandparents raising grandchildren.
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.
Provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this website has a page for grandparents raising grandchildren, along with links to other sites of interest.