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Picture of a grandparent holding a child's handGrand Relatives as Parents Program

The number of grandparents and relatives having to raise a child once again has been increasing throughout the United States for the past 20-30 years. In the state of Alabama, more than 148,127 children under the age of 18 are now living with grandparents or other relatives (Grandfacts, 2013).  Forty-six percent of these children (67,653) live in homes where grandparents are responsible for raising them.  Many of these children (42%) living with grandparent householders have no parent living within the household.

The Grand Relatives as Parents Program, better known as Grand RAPP, was developed to assist individuals such as grandparents, relatives and other adults who are faced with having to switch lanes in life to become a parent again or perhaps to become a parent for the very first time.