The number of grandparents raising grandchildren has increased significantly over the last ten years. This is “LifeCycles” with Laurie Edwards-Tate, President, At Your Home Familycare.
Five million children under age 18 live in a grandparent-headed household. Twenty percent have neither parent present. Another two million children live with other relatives besides parents, like aunts and uncles, cousins, or older siblings.
While most will tell you they get great joy from their role raising these children, they also face financial, health, housing, education and work challenges. Retirement plans are put on hold.
These numbers tell us there is a need for more support and resources for “grandfamilies” so they can more effectively help these children and our nation’s next generation.