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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren


Feature Article: "Kinship Care: Grandparents and Relatives as Parents"
Many grandparents in the United States (US) are finding grandparenthood different from what they expected. Instead of the occasional visits from their grandchildren, they have taken on the role of primary parents to their grandchildren. According to 2000 US Census data, six million (8.4 percent) of all children under the age of 18 are living in grandparent or other relative-maintained households across the nation.

Today, a growing number of grandparents and/or relatives are finding themselves as parents a second-time around. These pages contain vital information to help relatives cope with this growing phenomenon.

Relatives as Parents Program [RAPP]



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Last Updated: May 22, 2013

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