Resources for Grandparents

AARP has extensive information on its Web site about raising grandchildren. There's a list of support groups, a Grandparents Information Center, plus lots of information about health insurance and other issues for grandchild custody and visitation issues.

The Children's Defense Fund, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, has a Kinship Care Resource Kit that helps communities (or other organizations) assist grandparents and other family-related caregivers.

The Kinship Care Resource Center is available on the Generations United Web site. "GU" is a nonprofit group, with annual membership dues of $50 for individuals; $25 for students and retirees. Generations United promotes "intergenerational" strategies and programs, and also has a newsletter for a $35 subscription fee.

GrandsPlace is an organization for grandparents raising children. Headquartered in Enfield, Connecticut, you can also call them, at (860) 763-5789, or write to them at Grands Place, 154 Cottage Road, Enfield, CT 06082. The GrandsPlace newsletter is free.

Grand Parent Again offers everything from news updates to recipes, to inspirational thoughts for grandparents.

Grandparents we talked with for this program also suggested churches, Chambers of Commerce, newspaper ads for "Support Groups," and typing the words "grandparent" or "kinship care" into an Internet search engine to find information and a support group near you. Idaho, for example, now has 15 support groups for grandparents, through the Idaho KinCare Coalition.

For information in Spanish, the state of Idaho offers Informacion para la Ninez.

For Idaho residents, the Idaho Commission on Aging has more information, at 1-877-471-2777 or e-mail: kincare@spro.net. Ask about a support group in your area of Idaho.