Essay about Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

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Running head: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Willie Williams
Paine College
Sociology of aging
Professor S. W. Godbee, LMSW February 28th, 2013

Table of Contents I. Abstract II. Introduction III. Review of Literature/ Compare & Contrast A. Reasons for grandparents raising grandchildren B. Legal issues C. Financial issues D. Healthcare Issues E. Positive and negative emotional effects F. Conclusion


A lot of parents are leaving the responsibility of parenting roles on grandparents due to numerous personal and
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The 2000 U.S. Census reported close to six million children living in households with their grandparents--a nearly 30% increase over the number reported in the 1990 census. Furthermore, grandparent-headed households continue to be the fastest growing type of household in the U.S. and have been since 1990. There are an estimated 2.5 million grandparents who are rearing their grandchildren without help from the childrens' biological parents (U. S. Census, 2000). Registering a grandchild in school, providing health care, or protecting a child from an abusive parent requires the grandparents to have legal custody of the grandchild. Parents can be reluctant to give up custody of their children. Most states have Parental Preference Laws to protect the parents in child custody cases. The grandparent has no choice but to prove the parent is unfit. The grandparent also has to convince the judge that they can provide for the child on a fixed income. Many of these children have developmental or emotional problems, which require special education or social services.


There are numerous reasons why grandparents are acting as parents to their grandchildren. They range from teen pregnancy, Drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, incarceration, health problems, financial problems, death, unemployment, deployment, divorce, child abuse/ neglect, and abandonment (Driver et. al, 1997). (De Toledo and Edler, 1995) Brown point out that "drugs and

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