Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Emerging Program and Policy Issues for the 21st Century

Carrie J Smith, Ana Beltran, Donna M. Butts, Eric Roger Kingson

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In recent years the issue of “grandparents raising their grandchildren” seems to have leapt into the consciousness of researchers, advocates, service providers, policy analysts and the general public. Current estimates indicate that there are 2.5 million American households headed by grandparents (U. S. Bureau of the Census, 1998). This article explores the development of this issue, seeking to (1) explain why it is capturing the attention of some advocates, researchers and policymakers, (2) identify the challenges for grandparent-headed families and (3) explore public policies and programs emerging from a developing intergenerational agenda directed at assisting such families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-94
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 18 2000



  • Generations
  • Grandparent caring
  • Intergenerational agenda
  • Relative care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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