Supporting grandparents raising grandchildren

By Kerry Coffey

One of the fastest-growing designations of “family” in the United States involves grandparents raising grandchildren. U.S. Census data for 2004 shows that there are approximately 4,000 grandparents in Greenville County who are serving as primary caregivers to their grandchildren.

To help grandparents cope, the Strong Communities initiative of the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life has organized local support groups. Currently, three support groups meet monthly in Greenville and Anderson counties. In them, grandparents can meet each other and discuss concerns. Guest speakers also provide information on topics such as financial and legal issues.

Strong Communities is funded by a grant from the Duke Endowment to prevent child abuse and neglect in Greenville, Anderson and Laurens Counties.

For more information: www.clemson.edu/strongcommunities/, 864-688-2214.