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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group

We are currently building this page to add information, services, programs and tips 

that will be beneficial to those who are raising their grandchildren.

Please check back from time to time as we will be adding more info over the upcoming weeks.

Thank you!

GRANDFAMILIES IN THE U.S.

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DID YOU KNOW?

GRANDFAMILIES ARE ON THE RISE....

ACCORDING TO STATISTICS...

Almost 7.8 million children under age 18 live in homes where the householders are grandparents or other family members.     

That is 10.5% of all children under age 18.           


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ACCORDING TO STATISTICS...

GRANDFAMILIES ARE ON THE RISE....

ACCORDING TO STATISTICS...

The state of Mississippi has the highest number of grandparents raising grandchildren in the U.S. 

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GRANDFAMILIES ARE ON THE RISE....

GRANDFAMILIES ARE ON THE RISE....

GRANDFAMILIES ARE ON THE RISE....

 The proportion of children living in “grandfamilies” has doubled in the U.S. since 1970, and has gone up 7% in the past five years alone.

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Welcome!

Who are we?

Kinship Reliance is a support group for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. 

We are based in Ocean Springs, MS and we host 3 support  groups each month for grandparents locally.

We have established this page to share info and resources with those outside of our local communities.

HELPFUL LINKS

AARP

GRANDFAMILIES.ORG

GRANDFAMILIES.ORG

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 Raising grandchildren can be a tremendous challenge. Grandparent  caregivers need to develop a support system to help them with the many  tasks at hand. It's also important for grandparents to take good care of  themselves so they can stay mentally and physically healthy enough to  do the job. 

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GRANDFAMILIES.ORG

GRANDFAMILIES.ORG

GRANDFAMILIES.ORG

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 Grandfamilies.org serves as a national legal resource in support of grandfamilies within and outside the child welfare system. 

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U.S. CENSUS

GRANDFAMILIES.ORG

RAISING YOUR GRANDCHILDREN

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 In the wake of the opioid epidemic that was declared a public health crisis in 2017, there has been increasing concern about what happens to the  children of parents with substance abuse disorders who may be unable to  care for their children.

New Census Bureau research shows that grandparents may sometimes step in to care for these children.

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RAISING YOUR GRANDCHILDREN

RAISING YOUR GRANDCHILDREN

RAISING YOUR GRANDCHILDREN

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There is much information on this website for grandparents raising grandchildren or other relatives parenting someone else's child.                    
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CHILDREN'S BUREAU

RAISING YOUR GRANDCHILDREN

CHILDREN'S BUREAU

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An Office of the Administration for Children and Families

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CREATING A FAMILY

RAISING YOUR GRANDCHILDREN

CHILDREN'S BUREAU

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Our mission is to strengthen and inspire adoptive, foster and kinship parents and the professionals who support them.

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GRANDFAMILIES IN MISSISSIPPI

According to statistics 112,871 children in Mississippi under the age of 18 are living in kinship households.


95,281 are being raised by grandparents while 17,590 are being raised by other family members.


Currently, Mississippi has the highest percentage of grandparents raising grandchildren in the U.S.


Of the 5,000 students enrolled in the Pascagoula-Gautier School System in Jackson County, MS, over 1,200 of those students are being raised in a kinship household.


When polled, grandparents in our local communities stated that the #1 issue that they needed help with is learning to resolve family conflicts.

Many times, the grandparents must deal with their children's issues in addition to parenting their grandchildren.

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GRANDFAMILIES IN THE U.S.

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IN THE U.S.

States with high opioid prescribing rates have higher rates of grandparents responsible for grandchildren.


Almost 7.8 million children under the age of 18 live in homes where the householders are grandparents or other relatives.


More than 2.6 million children live in homes where grandparents are the householders and are responsible for them.


More than 2.5 million grandparents are the householders and are responsible for their grandchildren living with them.


Difficulties faced by grandparents raising grandchildren-

*Financial constraints

*Health problems

*Mental stress

*Social isolation

*Family issues

*Housing issues

*Legal hassles

*Education concerns