A program of Home Instead Senior Care Foundation

Empowering grandparents raising grandchildren

Nashville, Tennessee

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For every $10 you donate, COA will provide resources and support for one grandparent!

Description of project

In Tennessee, nearly 70,000 grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren living with them. Nationwide, more than 2.6 million people are raising grandkids. This number is increasing rapidly as more parents become addicted to opioids and are jailed, forced into treatment centers or die from overdose. According to an AARP special report, the epidemic "is overwhelming many families and child welfare systems," said Jaia Peterson Lent of Generations United, a Washington-based advocacy group, at a Special Committee on Aging hearing last year. "Suddenly [grandparents] are forced to navigate complex systems to help meet the … challenges of the children who come into their care, often after experiencing significant trauma."

Regardless of the situation, there is limited information and resources available to assist grandparents as they become the primary caregiver for their grandchildren. To help grandparents navigate this role, COA provides a much needed resource guide along with in-person and over the phone consultations.

COA is seeking funds to expand our tools for grandparents by updating and reprinting our resource guide, "Empowering Grandparents: A Guide for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren," along with the creation of an e-book version for COA's website. To ensure we reach more grandparents in the community, COA plans to partner with Middle Tennessee school resource centers in communities hardest hit by the opioid epidemic.

For every $10 you donate, we can provide our informative resource guide and consultation support to an older adult raising their grandchildren.

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