GRANDS is an acronym for Graciously Raising And Nurturing Daughters and Sons.
The number of grandparents raising grandchildren is growing for many reasons including drugs, incarceration, the economy, teenage pregnancy, military deployments, and premature death of parents due to illness or violence. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, since 1990 the number of children in grandparent-headed households has increased by 30 percent. Today more than 2.8 million grandparents in the United States are raising their grandchildren.
Grandparents raising grandchildren and relatives raising children other than their own face many psychological, physical, economic and education issues as they take on the role of parenting. Some of the reasons grandparents are raising their grandchildren are to:
GRANDS provides support and information to grandparents raising their grandchildren, and works to identify and address the many issues and obstacles they face.
The mission of GRANDS is to offer support and provide resources, education and information to grandparents raising their grandchildren and relatives raising children other than their own.