You are not alone.
Throughout the generations, children have been cared for by their extended families.
If you are, or know of, a relative raising children, you are part of a growing population.
In Illinois, 213,265 children under the age of 18 are living in a grandparent-headed home.
75,000 children under the age of 18 are living with other relatives.
101,317 grandparents are directly responsible for the care of their grandchildren.
It can happen to anyone, at any time, for any reason.
Several agencies provide resources to help you or the child you are raising.
Helpful resources for grandparents raising grandchildren and other relatives as parents:
- Are Your Grandkids SAFE? Protect Your Grandchildren from Unsafe Children’s Products, click here.
- Grandparents raising grandchildren and other relatives as parents support group:
First & Third Wednesday of the Month, 5:30 -7:00 p.m. Scott Center School, 403 S. State Street, Bloomington (Behind Children’s Home & Aid) Child Care Available For More Information contact Phyllis Davidson at 309-827-2085 or Kathryn Johnson at 309-834-0586.