CATHOLIC CHARITIES GRANDPARENTS AS PARENTS PROGRAM
Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
"The reasons why grandparents become the primary caretakers of their grandchildren cover a wide spec- trum. It could be a temporary situation, as when the parents are recovering from an illness or serving in the military. Permanent situations result from events like the death of the parents or their absence due to divorce, imprisonment or mental illness.A nother major factor in the U.S. is the opioid epidemic, which has contributed to the death of many parents."
catholiccharitiesusa.org -Charities USA Spring 2020
"Barbara Ledinsky said that when she received custody of her grandchildren more than seven years ago, the task of raising them was daunting. 'You are taking on a responsibility that you would hope you wouldn't have to take on,' she said. 'Having someone to reach out to is a lifesaver.' Soon after she received custody, Ledinsky was directed to Grandparents As Parents, an organization dedicated to serving grandparents who are primary caregivers."
The task of taking care of a child can be demanding on a senior caregiver. Age related health or mobility issues, limited resources and support, along with generational gaps add to the pressure of properly raising and caring for a grandchild.
The Catholic Charities Grandparents as Parents Program provides grandparents who are caring for grandchildren legal, financial, and housing help.
The program also helps grandparents with their own healthcare concerns, their grandchild’s healthcare, the grandchild’s education and respite care.
Catholic Charities Archdiocese also offers other senior services such as: Companions to the Aging, Elder Outreach Program, and a Grandparent Support Group.
The Catholic Charities Grandparents as Parents Program has been presented with the American Cardinal’s Encouragement Award. The honor is given each year at the American Cardinals Dinner, a benefit for The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.