Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and Other Relatives Raising Children

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 Facts and Resources

Facts about Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and Relatives Caring for Relative Children

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.



North Central

North Coastal

North Inland


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.

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


Grandparents & Relative Caregiver Community:  Get Connected

Facebook Group: Grandparents raising Grandchildren Gap/Rap San Diego North County

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

2012 GRG Symposium

2013 GRG Symposium

"Grandparents Raising Grandchildren:  The Facts"


 Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and Other Relative Caregivers

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. 

Handbook for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

English Version Spanish Version

If you find that you 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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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.


Calling 2-1-1

Dial 2-1-1. Press your language option (1 for English; 2 for Spanish; 3 for any other language).

2-1-1 San Diego is a 24/7 stigma-free and confidential phone service dedicated to connecting people with community, health, and disaster services. When you call 2-1-1 San Diego, you are connected with a highly trained Client Service Representative (CSR) who can navigate the complex system, prescreen you for possible program and benefit eligibility, and connect you to the best health-related resources and services that fit your need.