Helping Grandparents Raise Grandchildren Who Succeed

By Assocation of Small Foundations

April 1, 2008

Summary

In America, a growing number of grandparents are raising their grandchildren — but not without consequences or compromises. This discussion guide shares information and ideas aimed at enhancing support for grandparents who have stepped back into the main caregiver role. It is part a series by the Association of Small Foundations called Investing in Strategies to Serve Vulnerable Children and Families, which the Annie E. Casey Foundation funded.

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Key Takeaway

A round of applause for caregiving grandparents

Caregiving grandparents often face many challenges (poverty, isolation and greater health needs, just to name a few). But the research is clear: children raised by relatives experience greater stability, perform better in school and have stronger cultural and community ties compared to children raised by non-relatives.

Findings & Stats

Race Relations

A disproportionate percentage of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren without parents present are black. In 2001, 614,600 children — 43.9% of all grandchildren in this family arrangement — were black. 

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