Resources for Grand-Parenting

Resources for grandparents or other older relatives responsible for children.

Local and State Resources

Grandparent's Rights handbook
The Legal Aid Network of Kentucky offers a very thorough 74-page Grandparents' Rights in Kentucky handbook for download (PDF, 608K). "Each year thousands of grandparents and other relatives in Kentucky assume the responsibility of raising children for biological parents who are unable or unwilling or to be parents. The care provided by these caregivers impacts the lives of the children for a lifetime. The Caregivers are confronted by many legal and financial issues. The purpose of this handbook is to offer basic information and guidance to the most common legal issues and information about programs and benefits that may help the caregivers in the role of parent."

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Call Now
3640 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville, KY
This group is named for grandparents who are raising grandchildren, but welcomes anyone age 55 and above who is raising young relatives under the age of 18. This free support group is open to adults only.

Open Arms Grandparent Support Group Call Now
Lincoln Trail Elementary School, Bardstown Road, Elizabethtown KY 42701
Coordinators: Greg and Laura Cooper
"Modern day parenting is challenging for anyone, and can present special challenges for a grandparent or other relative raising a child for the second time. The challenges you face as a parent again are quite different from challenges of raising your own children."

National and Internet Resources

There is a pretty useful Grandfamilies Getting Started Guide buried deeply in the site, with chapters about

Getting Started
Legal Issues
Housing and Safety
Education and Child Care
Family Challenges

Maybe other good stuff, too -- search on "grandparenting."

Generations United (GU)
"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." Extensive list of print resources.