Generations United's National Center on Grandfamilies works to enact policies and promote programs to help grandfamilies address challenges. For information on existing state laws and policies affecting grandfamilies visit the Grandfamilies State Law and Policy Resource Center at www.grandfamilies.org.
Grandfamilies or kinship families are families in which children reside with and are being raised by grandparents, other extended family members, and adults with whom they have a close family-like relationship such as godparents and close family friends. About 7.8 million children across the country live in households headed by grandparents or other relatives. About 2.5 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.
Despite facing many barriers, research shows
that the children in grandfamilies thrive. Caregivers also experience benefits like an increased sense of purpose in life.
Generations United is part of the Advocates for Families First partnership with the National Foster Parent Association and the North American Council on Adoptable Children. Together, we raise the voices of kinship, foster, and adoptive families. Learn more
The State of Grandfamilies in America Annual Reports