You Are Not Alone!
Based on data from the Census 2000 Supplementary Survey, nationwide there are 5.6 million Grandchildren living with their grandparents. Forty-two percent, or 2.35 Million grandparents are the primary caregivers for their grandchildren. In Tarrant Count, there are over 18,000 children in kinship care.
Challenges, Concerns and Issues Grandparents Face
The number of challenges, concerns, and issues facing grandparent and relative caregivers is overwhelming. They include a wide range of issues: legal problems, school issues, financial concerns, medical needs, housing, daycare arrangements, and effective discipline.
A kinship support group can help caregivers find answers to these and other pressing issues through the support of others who face the same challenges. Attending a support group gives caregivers time away from their children, and time with other adults and professionals who can offer encouragement and help with identifying resources in the community.