September 2021Vol. 22, No. 8Grandfamilies: Strengths and Challenges
Generations United released a factsheet to help grandfamilies and those who support them understand the unique challenges associated with taking on the role of caregiver for their grandchildren. The factsheet provides data on grandfamilies, including their races and ethnicities, their socioeconomic backgrounds, their average ages, whether they are employed, and whether they have a disability. The factsheet also discusses their strengths and challenges.
Children are more likely to experience better outcomes when they live in grandfamilies because they can stay connected to their family and experience fewer disruptions to their daily lives. Challenges grandfamilies face are often related to legal issues surrounding obtaining a legal relationship to the children, financial burdens, physical and mental health issues, maintaining adequate housing after assuming financial responsibility for additional children, and maintaining children's education when grandparents do not have rights associated with legal guardianship.
The factsheet also provides additional resources and publications on grandfamilies, related laws, and state-specific information.