More and More Grandparents Are Called Upon To Raise Their Grandchildren
In Kentucky (where I live) new figures show nearly 87,000 Kentucky children are being raised by grandparents.
According to the article I read, experts who follow the situation point to struggles with drug and alcohol addiction as among the reasons grandparents are stepping up to replace absentee parents.
That’s a lot of folks whose life plans have been altered and a lot of children who have to adjust to life without a mom or dad in the picture.
In many cases, grandparents who once thought they were done with parental duties are finding themselves changing diapers.
The 2010 census found that 22,874 children under age 3 are living with grandparents. (Makes me tired just to think about it!)
On the other end of the spectrum, 20,392 children between ages 12 and 17 are being cared for by grandparents.
Kentucky isn’t the only state where this is happening. Many of my NanaHood visitors are grandparents raising their grandchildren.
Some of them are struggling financially. Some are fighting for custody. Some are physically exhausted.
I wish I had a magic wand and I could wave it around and make the world right for these children and grandparents. Unfortunately the world we live in is so far from perfect the best I can do is to make your stories known. Share them with me and I’ll share them with my readers, my government representatives and any media outlet who will listen. Make your needs ( and your grandchildren’s needs) known!
Remember the squeaky wheel? In this tough economy grandparent’s raising grandchildren need to squeak louder!
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Blessings to you for what you do! You are making a difference in your grandchildrens lives!