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Grandfamilies are families headed by grandparents and other relatives who share their homes with their grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and/or other related children. About 7.8 million children across the country live in households headed by grandparents or other relatives. About 2.7 million grandparents report they are responsible for their grandchildren's needs. In about a third of these homes neither of the children's parents are in the home. 

Generations United's National Center on Grandfamilies works to enact policies and promote programs to help grandfamilies address challenges. Despite facing many barriers, research shows that the children in grandfamilies thrive. Caregivers also experience benefits like an increased sense of purpose in life. 

Advocates for Families First Advocacy Agenda

Grandfamilies: A Blueprint for Coordinated Action

TANF Policy Brief and TANF Policy Brief Summary

Grand Resources: A Fact Sheet for Grandparent and Relative Caregivers to Help Access Support through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program. 
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On Sept. 29, President Obama signed the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (H.R. 4980) into law. The new legislation includes key provisions that help Grandfamilies by empowering youth and caregiver voices, prioritizing relative care and promoting permanency. Learn more

Challenging Issues for Grandfamilies
Common challenges faced by many grandfamilies include:


For information on state laws and policies affecting grandfamilies visit the Grandfamilies State Law and Policy Resource Center at www.grandfamilies.org.

For success stories from children raised in grandfamilies read Grand Successes: Stories of lives well-raised.

If your grandfamily needs assistance, visit Grand Fact Sheets to connect with local resources in your area.
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