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Grandfamilies Policy
Generations United’s National Center on Grandfamilies works to create supportive programs and laws for grandfamilies, and improve access to them. Center staff conduct federal advocacy and provide technical assistance to state level practitioners and advocates.

In over a third of grandfamilies, grandparents provide primary care and support without the presence of parent. Some common problems encountered by grandfamilies include:
  • Enrolling children in school
  • Obtaining special education services
  • Getting consent for medical and mental health treatment
  • Securing financial assistance and health insurance coverage
  • Finding affordable housing suitable for the children
Despite the challenges, research shows that the children in grandfamilies thrive. Caregivers also experience benefits like an increased sense of purpose in life. Below, find resources on federal laws and initiatives designed to help grandfamilies.
    If you would like updates on pending legislation that could affect grandfamilies, sign-up for Generations United’s Public Policy Alerts here.

    More than 6.5 million children across the country are living in households maintained by grandparents or other relatives. 

    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
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