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Recognizing and Supporting Grandparents as Parents

October 1, 2013


Recognizing and Supporting Grandparents as Parents


Many of us celebrate our parents in May or June. But for over 5.4 million individuals, that appreciate comes in September - Grandparent's Month - as the time to recognize the men and women who raise them; and with September coming to a close, we would like to express our appreciation for them as well.


According to the Population Reference Bureau, the rate of grandparents raising children has more than doubled since 1970, increasing from 3% to 7% in 2010. As the number of children being raised in "grandfamilies" continues to grow, so does the importance of our communities to support these grandparents in ways that most assist their unique situation.


Grandparents are impacted differently than other parents including increasing health costs due to advancing age and fixed or lower monthly income due to retirement. Similarly, children who come to live with their grandparents often face a new environment, away from friends and familiar faces, even if only a few blocks away, a situation that may result in isolation or bullying.


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In addition to great information, GRAND Magazine is offering you a free subscription! You can also read " A grandparents impassioned call to action" featuring Prevent Child Abuse America President & CEO, James M.Hmurovich.



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