Relative Guardians

Grandparent guardians

Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren: Supergrands and Their Superkids

Barbara Setzer, 2009

An easily understood guide to the grandparent who has taken over 24/7 responsibility for one or more grandchildren. This type of responsibility is overwhelming and can create a disorganized state for the grandparent. Before accessing on-line resources, the grandparent needs to be empowered with the knowledge of policies and understand the issues of how policies directly impact the grandparent-grandchild relationship. This in turn will help the grandparent be more organized in thought so they will be more available to their grandchild(ren).

Help! I’m Raising My Grandkids: Grandparents Adapting to Life’s Surprises

Harriet Hodgson, 2012

In America, 10% if all grandparents are raising their grandchildren and the percentage is going up. Two acronyms have come from this trend, GRG for grandparents raising grandchildren, and GAP for grandparents as parents. You may be raising your grandchildren, a role you never expected. How will you find the energy you need? Will your health suffer? Are you raising your grandchildren “right”? Each day, you look for ways to make life easier. Well, help has arrived. This engaging resource blends Harriet Hodgson’s unbelievable story with research findings and caregiving tips. Though the book came from heartbreak, it is filled with hope, and you may find yourself laughing aloud. At the end, you’ll cheer for all the loving grandparents–including you–who are putting children first.

Raising Our Children’s Children

Deborah Doucette-Dudman and Jeffrey R. LaCure, 1996

Custody battles, prior mistreatment of the children, legal arrangements, housing issues and the failure of social service systems to protect children are just some of the issues faced today by many caregiving grandparents.Raising our Children’s Children is a hopeful book about families who have weathered the severest storms and emerged ready to help others.

Raising Your Children’s Children: Help for Grandparents Raising Grandkids

Martha Sparks, 2011

Over six million children live in grandparent-headed households in the United States today. The number continues to rise. More than 80% of these cases occur because of drug or alcohol addiction. Grandparents raising grandchildren occurs in all ethnic and socio-economic groups. But where do you start? There are court proceedings, lawyer bills, sometimes hospital bills, and not to mention emotional needs of the children and grandparents alike. This book will provide answers to sudden questions from the world of child neglect and abuse, court proceedings, custody arrangements, and drug addiction grandparents never knew existed.

Relatives Raising Children: An Overview of Kinship Care

Joseph Crumbley, 1997

The rapid growth of kinship care has caught many child welfare agencies off guard. This book provides information needed to develop and provide services to kinship caregivers, kinship families, children, and parents. The author discusses common clinical issues, suggests intervention strategies, examines kinship care’s legal implications, and offers policy and program recommendations.

The Sacred Work of Grandparents Raising Grandchild

Elaine Williams, 2011

You are not alone if you are one of the staggering numbers of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren! Are you confused by the generational gaps, challenging communications, and tough questions like, “Why are my parents so old? Why is my father in jail? Why doesn’t my mother show up to visit when she promised” This book contains answers and stories to address these unique issues and challenges-from one grandparent to another. You’ll enjoy the practical suggestions on how grandchildren can manage and solve some of their own problems, while learning how to cope with your own distinctive life challenges. As a parenting grandparent, a kinship caregiver, a teacher, or a social service worker, you must read this book for invaluable insight. No other book takes on the complex challenges that parenting grandparents face with such depth and truth.

To Grandma’s House, We—Stay: When You Have to Stop Spoiling Your Grandchildren and Start Raising Them

Sally Houtman, 2006

Presently, more than 4 million children are being raised in homes headed by grandparents due to their parents’ ineffectiveness, absence, or lack of interest. This book is a timely road map that guides grandparents through these uncharted territories, offering practical solutions to the real-life problems they’ll face. It blends compassionate wisdom and good, old-fashioned nuts and bolts advice to lead them through the obstacle course of emotions, conflicts, and social considerations that lie ahead.