I just read an article posted at KAIT K8 in Jonesburo, AR, about a shocking trend that is happening in Arkansas and across the U.S. More and more Grandparents are ending up raising their Grandchildren. In Arkansas alone it is estimated about 70,000 Grandparents are the primary caregivers of the grandchildren.
The article goes on to state that the number one reason for the change, are drugs and drug abuse". This in turn leads to behaviourial issues in children. If you live in the Springdale area there are support groups for grandparents raising kids.
Where else can Grandparents get support? Local Churches and govenrment agencies are a good place to start. I did a little investigation and found that the AARP has is a very good resource for a Grandparent not knowing where to go. Searching the AARP website yielded a wealth of resources and help for people in this situation.
Parenting is hard enough and I have an enormous amount of respect for Grandparents being parents again. What do others think of this trend?