Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and Other Relative Raising Children

Over 1 million children are living in homes where the grandparent is the householder and neither parent is present in the home. More than 24,000 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. Take a look at the video below to better understand the world of a relative caregiver.



Local Response

In response to the needs of kinship family caregivers; government, private and community-based organizations in San Diego County are working to expand services and supports for children living with kin inside and outside of the formal foster care system.

The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Workgroup is a group of service providers that are dedicated to connecting relative caregivers to resources in their communities through resource symposiums, workshops, parent education, respite care, support groups and other vital necessities.

Help Starts Here!

   YMCA Kinship Support Services

1-877-YMCA-4-KIN (9622-4546)

  • Kinship Navigator
  • Case Management
  • Family Enrichment
  • Support Groups
  • Respite Care services
  • Links to resources

AIS - Family Caregiver Support

(800) 510-2020

  • Case Management
  • Home Delivered Meals
  • In Home Support
  • Personal Care


  • Discounted Products and services
  • Family/Youth Enrichment
  • Job Postings and Opportunities for Youth
  • Links to resources


2-1-1 San Diego

Dial 2-1-1 or (858) 300-1211

  • CalFresh Applicaitions
  • Medi-cal Applications
  • Health Navigation
  • Information and Referral
  • Online Database
  • Disaster Response


Other Resources for Grandparents Raising  Grandchildren

Us Government web portal for Grandparents.

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

Alliance for Children's Rights: Step Up for Kin

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

Facts about Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

San Diego County Child Welfare Services - Children Out of Home Care Placed with Kin 2015

San Diego County Child Welfare Services - Map of Children in Kin Placement as of July 29, 2015

2-1-1 San Diego Grandparent Raising Granchildren Client Data FY2014-2015 by Region.


Resource Handbook

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Probate Codes

Welfare and Institution Law Codes

Disclaimer: Laws change and are subject to different interpretations. These links are not intended as legal advice in any particular situation.


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