For many grandparents, raising another family wasn’t part of the plan. But they step up to the plate when their loved ones need them.
About 7.8 million children across the country live in households headed by grandparents or other relatives. About 2.5 million grandparents report they are responsible for their grandchildren’s needs. And in about a third of these homes, neither of the children’s parents are present.
For detailed state-by-state fact sheets on grandparents and other relatives raising children, visit Grandfacts. Each fact sheet contains data; key state and local programs and resources; public benefits; educational assistance; legal relationship options; and state laws. This valuable resource also represents a potential grantmaking opportunity. Major support for the GrandFacts State Fact Sheets was provided by The Brookdale Foundation Group, in partnership with Casey Family Programs with additional support from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Local foundations or individuals also supported several of the state fact sheets. For example, the Jockey Being Family Foundation, a private charity, supported the Wisconsin state fact sheet.
Grantmakers can help grandparents raising grandchildren in many ways—through funding services, affordable housing, and community programs that support grandparent caregivers. Below are just a few examples of programs that support grandparent caregivers that might interest grantmakers: