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Generations United's National Center on Grandfamilies works to enact policies and promote programs to help grandfamilies address challenges. Our work is informed by a national network of grandfamily caregivers. For information on existing state laws and policies affecting grandfamilies visit 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.

Keep updated on grandfamilies news by signing up for our quarterly newsletter, The Grand Voice. Review past issues here.  

The State of Grandfamilies in America Annual Reports

Grandfamilies Annotated Bibliography Database

The bipartisan Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act was introduced in May 2017 to create a federal task force and central place for information for grandfamiliesLearn more.

  Our State of Grandfamilies in America 2017 - In Loving Arms: The Protective Role of Grandparents and Other Relatives in Raising Children Exposed to Trauma - report is out! 

The Family First Prevention Services Act was signed into law on February 9th, 2018!

The new law takes major steps to providing more help to children and caregivers in grandfamilies through kinship navigation, services to prevent the need for foster care, and provisions to address barriers to licensing relatives as foster parents. Thanks to all the grandfamilies and advocates who raised your voices to make this victory a reality. Learn more.

 The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a decision affecting families in Kentucky and Ohio. Read more here.
Challenging Issues for Grandfamilies
Common challenges faced by many grandfamilies include:


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