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Texas Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Resources, Assistance and Support for Texas Grandparents.

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Are you a Texas grandparent raising grandchildren? If so, you're not alone. There are currently 534,729 Texas grandparents in this roll. As more grandparents take on the task of raising their grandchildren, the changes in communities brought about by the influence of this unique family structure become more powerful in shaping local and state policies.

Many grandmothers and grandfathers don’t think twice about assuming the custody of grandchildren when the need arises, because family ties and familial love initially overcome practical considerations.

However, forming a"grand-family" a household in which a grandparent, in the absence of parents raises grandchildren — has far-reaching effects on lifestyle, grandparent visitation rights, economic status, and often quality of life.

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, 4.5 million children are living in grandparent-headed homes. This is a 30 percent increase from 1990. Most grandparents raising grandchildren are between 55 and 64. Almost 25 percent are over 65.

Resources, Assistance and Support for Texas Grandparents ~

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If You Are Raising a Grandchild - The National Family Caregiver Support Program provides support for the growing number of older people who care for children. This program can help grandparents or other relatives (55 and older) who are caring for a child 18 or younger. Call 1-800-252-9240 to learn more.

Below is a list of additional helpful resources, assistance and support services we have complied that we hope will be of help to you, or someone you know:

  • Family and Consumer Sciences provides Texas grandparents with a wealth of information and resources including legal and financial resources, grandparent support groups, parenting skills and more.
  • Grandparents as Parents - The Rewards & Challenges of Raising Grandchildren. Useful tips for raising grandchildren from Helpguide.org
  • Texas Health and Human Services Commission provides assistance for Texas grandparents caring for grandchildren living in their home. (PDF file) En Español version too.
  • Grandparent's Page ~ Visitation Rights ~ The Attorney General of Texas
    In Texas, a court can authorize grandparent visitation of a grandchild if visitation is in the child's best interest. Learn about access, custody and visitation referrals.
  • AARP Texas Fact Sheet for Grandparents
    AARP, The Brookdale Foundation Group, Casey Family Programs, Child Welfare League of America, Children's Defense Fund and Generations United have partnered to produce state and national GrandFacts fact sheets for grandparents and other relatives raising children.
  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren State Resources...realizing you're not alone...More than six million children - approximately 1 in 12 - are living in households headed by grandparents (4.5 million children) or other relatives (1.5 million children). Learn about public benefits available to grandparents and other relatives and the children they raise vary from state to state.
  • USA.gov Made Easy Services and Resources
    If you take care of grandchildren, find grandparent programs in your state and get information about benefits, assistance, and more.

Anyone with children can tell you that raising them is a challenge. Grandparents have already met that challenge once with their own children. But now many grandparents are called upon to meet it again with the next generation.

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