Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and Other Relatives Raising Children

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Facts about Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and Relatives Caring for Relative Children

US Census for Grandparents Living with Grandchildren: 2000

Map of local US Census data from 2000 for Grandparents Who are Responsible for their Grandchildren in San Diego County by zip code.

San Diego County Child Welfare Services - Children Out of Home Care Placed with Kin 2009-2013.

San Diego County Child Welfare Services - Map of Children in Kin Placement as of January 1, 2013.

2-1-1 San Diego Grandparent Raising Granchildren Client Data FY2011-2012 by Region.



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Facts about Grandfamilies in California.

For facts about Grandfamilies in other parts of the country, please visit the AARP website

Resources for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Getting Started

Us Government web portal for Grandparents.

Visit the AARP website for information for Resources, Facts, and Statistics about Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.

Casey Family Programs

Child Welfare League of America: Kinship Care Program

Grandfamilies of America

Generations United

Grandparents of Children’s Rights

US Administration for Children and Families

Related Guides and Information about Grandparents Raising Grandchildren from the AARP website:

Grandfamilies Guide

Grandfamilies Resources

Grandparents on a mission

More grandparents raising grandkids

Family mediation for grandparents

When generations share space

Grandparents visitation rights

Advocacy Guide

Other Resource Guides

YMCA Kinship Local Resource Guide

Blogs and Support Groups

South Region Grandparents & Caregivers Networking Group

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Blog

Visit San Diego county's Mental Health America website or call (619) 543-0412 to find a local support group near you.

Elder Law and Advocacy - Senior Law Blog

Suggested Readings and Videos

The Grandparents Connection

AARP - Grandparents on a Mission

2012 GRG Symposium


 Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and Other Relatives Raising Children Symposium

More than 21,000 grandparents in San Diego County have primary responsibility for meeting their grandchildren’s daily needs. As surrogate parents, they must re-learn and navigate a complex network of health, educational, and social services, often without much help. The County of San Diego’s Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) and numerous government and community partners -- including First 5 San Diego, YMCA Kinship Program, 2-1-1 San Diego, Grandparents Connection and Rose House -- partnered to hold a symposium to help these special families.  A Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Symposium was held on September 7, 2013 at four regional sites throughout San Diego County.  Attendees were able to hear from experts, visit resource tables, attend workshops and share their needs.  Below is a link to the keynote presentations which was webcast from the Jacobs Center in Central San Diego to the three other regional sites.  Keynote speakers include Reverend Clifford Barnett (a North Carolina pastor who discussed the ‘Grandparents as Parents’ workgroup), Jeanne Salvadori (a local grandmother raising 4 grandchildren) and Stacey Walker (raised by his grandmother), who shared their stories with attendees.

Handbook for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

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According to the AARP, in the United States more than 7.8 million children are living in homes where the grandparents and other relatives are the householders, with more than 5.8 million children living in the grandparents' homes and nearly 2 million children living in other relatives' homes. Often they assume this responsibility with neither of the children’s parents present in the home. In fact, nearly 1 million children are living in homes where the grandparent is the householder and neither parent is present in the home.

These grandparent and other relative caregivers and the children they are raising are often isolated. They lack information about the range of support services, resources, programs, benefits, laws and policies available to help them successfully fulfill their caregiving role.

If you find that you still need assistance, please contact one of the agencies below:

YMCA Kinship Support Services

Provides case management, respite services, and other supportive services to Grandparent caregivers who are caring full time for a child in their family. These caregivers may serve as short-term or long-term primary caregivers for children whose own parents are unable to care for them. These children are placed in the caregivers' home formally by juvenile court and probate court or informally through a family arrangement. For more information, please call 1-877-YMCA-4-KIN (9622-4546) or visit:

County's Aging & Independence Service Agency - Family Caregiver Support

Provides services to grandparents who are the primary caregiver for a child. Services include case management and assessment to help caregivers develop a plan for accessing community services, including respite care, personal care, homemaker and chore services, and home-delivered meals. Offers information about counseling and support groups. Also provides skills training for caregivers. For more information, please call the AIS call center at (800) 510-2020 or visit:

2-1-1 San Diego's Health Care Navigation Program

Serves as a single access point information and referral system for San Diego County, connecting anyone to available health services in a timely, compassionate and efficient manner. To receive assistance navigating through the Healthcare services, dial 2-1-1 and Press "3" for health related assistance or for more information, visit:


In addition, 2-1-1's Healthcare Navigator provides detailed information regarding eligibility requirements, days and hours of operation, and ability to meet the linguistic and cultural needs of the individual or family.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Partners


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