May 6, 2004

Grandparents As Parents

Some 18,000 Idaho grandparents are reliving their child-raising years — this time as primary caregivers for a grandchild. Four families are the focus of this special hour-long DIALOGUE.

Marcia Franklin's guests answer questions and discuss issues concerning the legal, financial and emotional aspects of raising grandchildren.

Nationwide, more than two million grandparents are raising their grandchildren. The 18,000 figure in Idaho represents an 80 percent growth since 1990. A new law signed by Governor Dirk Kempthorne acknowledges this growth in grandparent-grandchild families by giving grandparents more legal rights over the care of their grandchildren.