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GrandFamilies Resources

Listings of public and private assistance to help grandparents and other relatives raising children

Each section below has links to articles, tools and resources to help grandparents and other relatives raising children. Choose a section and click on the arrow to veiw the full list.

See also: GrandFamilies Guide

GETTING STARTED

 

AARP

www.aarp.org

  • The Grand Care Support Locator  www.giclocalsupport.org helps you locate support groups, programs and services in your local area, state fact sheets.
  • AARP Foundation’s Benefits QuickLINK, www.aarp.org/quicklink is an online screening tool to help you navigate the maze of public benefits available on a national and state level.
  • GrandFacts: Fact Sheets for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children are a collaborative effort of AARP, the Brookdale Foundation, Child Welfare League of America, Children’s Defense Fund, Casey Family Programs, and Generations United.  The fact sheets include a national fact sheet and state fact sheets that include data, key programs, and resources about public benefits, education key laws that effect grandfamilies for every state, D.C., Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. They are available in English and Spanish and can be found at www.grandfactsheets.org.

Casey Family Programs

www.casey.org
Works with foster, kinship, and adoptive parents to provide safe, loving homes for youth in direct care, and promotes advances in child-welfare policy and practice.

Child Welfare League of America

www.cwla.org
The association of nearly 800 public and private nonprofit agencies that assist more than 3.5 million abused and neglected children and their families each year with a range of services.  They offer publications such as The Families’ Guide to the Child Welfare System, which can be printed from the website.

Children’s Defense Fund

www.childrensdefense.org
The CDF has information for grandparents and other relatives raising children, or “kinship care”.  CDF also helps grandparents advocate for themselves.  Call toll-free 1-800-CDF-1200 (1-800-233-1200).

Eldercare Locator

www.n4a.org
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging runs the Eldercare Locator service, including a listing of all Area Agencies on Aging in the U.S. Call toll-free 1-800-677-1116 weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., EST or visit www.eldercare.gov.

Extension.org

www.extension.org
This interactive learning website offers research articles on Raising Grandchildren and helpful tools, including Organize Your Important Papers.

GrandCare Support Locator

Locate support groups, programs and services in your local area with the GrandCare Support Locator.

GrandFacts State Fact Sheets

www.grandfactsheets.org
The fact sheets for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children are a collaborative effort of AARP, the Brookdale Foundation, Child Welfare League of America, Children’s Defense Fund, Casey Family Programs, and Generations United. The fact sheets list data, programs, public benefits and key laws that effect grandfamilies for every state, D.C., Virgin Islands and Puerto, including medical consent laws.

Grandfamilies of America

www.grandfamiliesofamerica.org
GFA is a membership organization of grandparent and other relative caregivers. GFA members advocate on behalf of children and grandfamilies, and GFA provides education and tools. Visit their website or call 301-358-3911.

Generations United

www.gu.org
A national membership organization focused solely on improving the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational strategies, programs, and public policies. They offer helpful fact sheets about grandfamilies, including caregiver support groups, subsidized guardianship, housing and the National Family Caregiver Support Program.

Grandparents for Children’s Rights

www.grandparentsforchildren.org/
The National Association of Grandparents for Children's Rights is a membership organization of grandparent and other relative caregivers and grandparents who are facing problems with visitation with their grandchildren. They offer information and resources on their website or call toll-free 888-659-3745.

Relatives as Parents Program

www.brookdalefoundation.org/
The Brookdale Foundation's Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) has a seed grant program to provide funds to community and state agencies to start up relative caregiver support groups.

U.S. Administration for Children and Families

www.acf.hhs.gov/
The ACF's contact page lists important toll-free numbers, forms, websites and instructions about child care, child support, disabilities, Head Start, social services, energy assistance and much more. 

Education, Childcare and Special Needs

The American Academy of Pediatrics

www.aap.org
Offers School Health Information, including back-to-school tips, helping your grandchild learn to read, talking with the school about your grandchild’s health issues and more.

Children’s Defense Fund

Offers a printable guide The Grandparent’s and Other Relative Caregiver’s Guide to Child Care and Early Childhood Education Programs or call toll-free 1-800-CDF-1200 (1-800-233-1200).

The Federation for Children with Special Needs

fcsn.org
Informs, educates, and empowers families of children with special needs. The website offers information about early childhood, education and special needs, and health care.

Head Start and Early Head Start

Programs provide early childhood learning for children who meet eligibility rules. Your local Head Start agency will provide the forms and answer questions about the program. To find a Head Start or Early Head Start program near you, go to the Head Start Locator or call toll-free 1-866-763-6481.

Infoplease’s Homework Center

www.infoplease.com/homework
The website has information to help kids with homework in math, geography, language arts, history, science, social studies, writing, reading and homework skills.

National Center for Education Statistics

nces.ed.gov/globallocator
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) provides an online listing of schools, colleges and libraries in your area.

Child Care Aware

www.childcareaware.org.
The National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) program can help you find a child care resource and referral agency in your area.  Call toll-free 1-800-424-2246 or go to the NACCRRA's  online tool to help you make decisions about child care.

National Child Care Information Center

The NCCIC is a service of the Child Care Bureau that has a web site that provides the contact information for all State Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) agencies. Use this tool to contact your state agency and ask about Child Care Subsidies and other supports if you have a lower income and can’t afford child care.

The U.S. Dept. of Education

Provides a variety of information for parents and caregivers, including:

  • A website about the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) to help you learn about services and supports your grandchild may be able to get if he has a disability. The site includes a forum for emailing questions and getting a response back from an expert.
  • Supplemental Education Services information about services your grandchild may be eligible for and how to find the agency that provides these services.

Family Challenges

Al-Anon and Alateen Programs

al-anon.org
Free local meetings in most communities that provide a place for families of people who abuse drugs or alcohol to get and give support.  For meeting information in Canada, the US, and Puerto Rico you can call 1-888-4AL-ANON (1-888-425-2666) Monday through Friday, 8:00am or go to al-anon.org/local-meetings.

 

American Council for Drug Education

www.acde.org
Provides information about drugs to parents and other caregivers. Find out how to talk to your grandchild about drugs, learn about the signs of symptoms of drugs use, and get basic facts about drugs. 

Angel Tree

www.angeltree.org
A program that works through prison chaplains to distribute gifts to children whose parents are in prison and provide other supports to help families reunite. Ask the prison chaplain if Angel Tree is an option.

Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents

Children of Alcoholics Foundation

The COAF has tip sheets for relative caregivers caring for children whose parents are addicted. Topics include coping with holidays, dealing with the parents, coping with your feelings and helping your grandchildren.  Call 646-505-2061.

Children’s Grief Education Association

www.childgrief.org
Offers online resources, print materials, help for starting a support group and more. Resources include death of a parent, suicide, military families, and memorials. Call toll-free 1-877-722-2319.  

Family and Corrections Network

www.fcnetwork.org
The Children of Prisoners Library (CPL) provides free information sheets designed for people serving children of prisoners and their caregivers.

HELPGUIDE.org

www.helpguide.org
Offers many resources about grief and loss, mental health issues, sleep disorders, behavior problems, family relationships and more.

Partnership for Drug-Free America

www.drugfree.org
Information for parents and caregivers, as well as teens, and includes information about intervention and treatment for people who are addicted.

Rainbows

www.rainbows.org
Program that offers support for youth who are grieving a loss from a life-altering crisis. Their programs are for children from pre-school age up to young adulthood. Find a Rainbows program near you or call 1-800-266-3206. They also offer helpful materials and training for volunteers.

Time To Talk

www.timetotalk.org
Kits for parents and caregivers about how to talk with their children or grandchildren about drugs and alcohol.

National Mental Health Information Center

The United States Dept. of Health and Human Services offers helpful information about mental health and an online mental health services locator to help you find services in your community or call toll-free 1-800-789-2647, Monday through Friday,  8:30 A.M. to 12:00 A.M., EST.  Mental Health services can help with counseling for family relationships and family communication.

Finances

Annual Credit Report

www.annualcreditreport.com
Website where you can get a free copy of your credit report once a year.  You can also call 1-877-322-8228 and ask for your report.  Review your report and make sure everything listed is correct.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

www.cms.gov
The Centers can help you with your Medicare benefits and/or your or your grandchild’s Medicaid benefits.  Call 1-800-633-4227 or visit the Medicaid website or the Medicare website.

Children’s Defense Fund

www.childrensdefense.org
The website has the following resources available. Call toll-free 1-800-CDF-1200 (1-800-233-1200) or view and print these guides online at:

Food Research and Action Center

frac.org
FRAC offers information about Federal food programs such as Food Stamps, the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, WIC, and the Summer Food Service Program for Children.

Internal Revenue Service

www.irs.gov
Visit the IRS website or call 1-800-829-1040 for information about tax credits and rebates.

The National Child Care Information Center

National Foundation for Credit Counseling

www.nfcc.org
Provides an online service to help you find credit counseling in your area, or call 1-800-388-2227.

U.S. Social Security Administration

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

www.hhs.gov
Information about Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA website has information about Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). To find your state's toll free number go to the SNAP contact page or the WIC state agencies page.

The Office of Child Support Enforcement

Part of the Administration for Children and Families, the Child Support Enforcement Office website has a state office locator map, or you can look in your local phone book in the Government pages.

Health

The American Academy of Pediatrics

www.aap.org
Information about nutrition, sleep, SIDS, illness, safety, immunizations, doctors, car seat safety and more.  Website has a pediatrician referral service to help you find a child health care provider in your area.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

www.aapd.org/parents
Tips for parents and caregivers about how to make sure your children have healthy teeth and gums. There is also a locator service to help you find a pediatric dentist in your area.

The American Red Cross

www.redcross.org
Provides health and safety services, such as first aid and CPR courses, HIV/AIDS education, caregiving and babysitting resources and checklists, and much more.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

www.cdc.gov/ncipc/
The CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control has information on injury care and prevention, violence, and accidents.

Children’s Defense Fund

www.childrensdefense.org
The website has the following resources available.  Call toll-free 1-800-CDF-1200 (1-800-233-1200) or view and print these guides online.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission

www.cpsc.gov
The CPSC offers updates on toy safety and other safety issues. Call toll-free 800-638-2772 or visit their website to find out what toys and baby equipment have been taken out of stores because they are unsafe.

Insure Kids Now

www.insurekidsnow.gov
Website has links and phone number for each state’s Children’s Health Insurance and Medicaid programs.

The Food Research and Action Center

www.frac.org
FRAC offers information about Federal food programs such as Food Stamps, the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, WIC and the Summer Food Service Program for Children.

Kids Health

www.kidshealth.org
The website created by the Nemours Foundation has information on children’s growth and development, nutrition and fitness, medical care and the health care system.

The National Safe Kids Campaign

www.safekids.org
The organization's mission is to prevent the number one killer of children — unintentional injury. It has safety information and tools and advocates for strong laws to protect children. Their website has many fact sheets, a family safety checklist, information about car seats and more.

The Poison Control Center

www.poison.org
Offers helpful information about anything that can poison your grandchildren and how to prevent poisoning.  Call toll-free 1-800-222-1222 if you think your grandchild has swallowed or touched something poisonous.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children

The USDA's Food and Nutrition Services provides a list of toll-free numbers for your state's WIC program.

Housing and Safety

Safe Kids Campaign

www.usa.safekids.org
Provides many safety tips and printable checklists, including fire safety, home safety, water safety and Halloween safety.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD website has a listing of local Public Housing Authority (PHA) offices,  or contact the Public and Indian Housing (PIH) Information and Resource Center toll-free at 1-800-955-2232 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST) daily Monday through Friday, except for Federal holidays.

Legal

AARP

www.aarp.org

  • GrandFacts: Fact Sheets for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children are a collaborative effort of AARP, the Brookdale Foundation, Child Welfare League of America, Children’s Defense Fund, Casey Family Programs, and Generations United.  The fact sheets include a national fact sheet and state fact sheets that include data, key programs, and resources about public benefits, education, key laws that effect grandfamilies for every state, D.C., Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
  • If you are an AARP member, you may be able to receive reduced-cost legal services from attorneys who are part of AARP’s Legal Services Network (LSN) from Allstate.  AARP members can get a free 45-minute initial consultation. Other services may be available at a 20% discount. Visit www.aarplsn.com or call toll-free 1-800- 866-330-0753 to find out more about this service. Look for an attorney who is experienced in Family Law.

The American Bar Association

www.americanbar.org
The ABA has information about finding free legal help on its website. You can also ask a law firm if they will take your case ‘pro bono’ or free of charge. The ABA has a directory of pro bono programs across the nation at  including their Child Custody Pro Bono Project.  You can contact the ABA by calling 1-312-988-5000 or toll-free 1-800-285-2221 or emailing askaba@abanet.org. The ABA also has a summary of visitation laws in all states.

The Child Custody Center

www.custodylibrary.com
Publishes a Grandparents’ Rights Manual, which lists grandparents’ legal rights in visitation, custody, guardianship and adoption for every state and the District of Columbia.  For more information on this resource go to the website and scroll down to the green shaded box that contains grandparent specific publications. 

The Children’s Bureau

www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/
The Children’s Bureau of the Administration for Children and Families offers information about kinship care, including adoption, the child welfare system, and court involvement at:
http://naic.acf.hhs.gov/pubs/f_kinshi/index.cfm or call toll-free 1-888-251-0075.

Childhelp

www.childhelp.org
National non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect.  A national toll-free hotline 1-800-4-A-Child (1-800-422-4453)  is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. You can call this number anywhere in the U.S., U.S. Territories or Canada and communication is possible in 140 languages. The confidential and anonymous Hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources.

The Child Welfare Information Gateway

Offers a listing of toll-free numbers for reporting child abuse or neglect for each state.

Grandfamilies.org

www.grandfamilies.org
Website, co-sponsored by Casey Family Programs, the American Bar Associations’ Center on Children and the Law and Generations United, offers a listing of federal and state current laws and pending legislation that affects grandparents and other relatives raising children.

Mediate.com

www.mediate.com
A conflict resolution website that offers a mediator location directory service to those needing assistance in negotiating their own resolution to a problem, or call 1-541-345-1629.  You can also look in your local phone book for trained mediators.

The North American Council on Adoptable Children

www.nacac.org
Offers a resource center that includes fact sheets about adoption subsidies and a listing of each state’s adoption subsidy program.

Pine Tree Legal Assistance

www.ptla.org
Listing of free or reduced price legal services in each state. The listing includes pro bono (free) websites, law school clinics, legal aid services, pro se (self-help actions you can take without needing a lawyer) legal websites for each state that are offered at a reduced fee or free of charge.

Support

AARP

www.aarp.org

  • GrandFacts: Fact Sheets for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children are a collaborative effort of AARP, the Brookdale Foundation, Child Welfare League of America, Children’s Defense Fund, Casey Family Programs, and Generations United.  The fact sheets include a national fact sheet and state fact sheets that include data, key programs, and resources about public benefits, education, key laws that effect grandfamilies for every state, D.C., Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
  • The Healthy Living channel on the AARP website offers many articles and tools to help you take care of yourself, deal with stress, eat well and find ways to be physically active even if you have some limits.

Big Brother Big Sisters

www.bbbs.org
National organization with local programs that provide mentors for children.  Search for the office near you in your phone book, or go to www.bbbs.org for an online search tool.

Boys and Girls Clubs

www.bgca.org/clubs/
Local clubs offer young people a safe place to learn and grow. They strive to make a difference in neighborhoods. 

Brookdale Foundation''s Relatives as Parents Program

www.brookdalefoundation.org/relativesasparents.htm
A seed grant program provides funds to community and state agencies to start up relative caregiver support groups.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/reslist/tollfree.cfm
Website offers a list of toll-free crisis support and hotline numbers related to child abuse, crimes, family violence, mental illness and many other issues.

MENTOR’s Caregiver’s Choice Program

www.mentoring.org
Brings together children with incarcerated parents and mentoring programs.  To apply for the program go to Caregiver’s Choice or call toll-free 877-333-CHOICE [877-333-2464]. Fill out a short form and you’ll find out if you qualify for the program.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

www.n4a.org/
Runs the Eldercare Locator service, including a listing of all Area Agencies on Aging in the U.S. Call toll-free 1-800-677-1116 weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., EST or visit www.eldercare.gov.

National Foster Care and Adoption Directory

www.childwelfare.gov/nfcad/
Offers foster care and adoption resources by state.

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Mental Health Information Center offers helpful information about mental health and an online locator service to help you find mental health services in your community. Listings are on the website or call toll-free 1-800-789-2647, Monday through Friday,  8:30 A.M. to 12:00 A.M., EST. 

YMCA & YWCA

www.ymca.net and www.ywca.org
Both groups offer youth programs and supports for families. Find your local YMCA or YWCA in your phone book or visit the organization's website.

Work

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity

www.eeoc.gov
The EEOC can help you if you feel you have been discriminated against in a job. Visit the EEOC website or call toll-free 1-800-669-4000

The Employment Guide

www.employmentguide.com
Website with job postings, information about working from home, and a listing of over 100 job fairs around the country that they sponsor.

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