In the US, 4.5 million children (9% of children under 18) live in a household headed by a grandparent. For almost 2.3 million children, a grandparent, often the grandmother, is their primary caregiver. This figure reflects an 27% increase from the previous year. Nearly 43% of these children are African American, 40% Caucasian, 12% Hispanic and 5% Other.
(US Census Bureau)
Without these grandparents being willing to assume care, many of the grandchildren would be in foster care. But raising grandchildren is demanding and usually results from difficult circumstances for botth the grandparent and the child. These grandparent caregivers need our help to overcome the demands of their role.
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