Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
In northwestern Illinois, over 4,500 grandparents are raising their grandchildren because the parents are unable to care for the child for a number of reasons including: death, illness, divorce, incarceration, neglect, and unemployment.
To speak with someone about services available for grandparents raising grandchildren, contact your provider sites by clicking here.
The following are some of the services available to grandparents raising grandchildren:
Education and Training
Grandparent forums, conferences and other educational programs are available at various times throughout the year.
NIAAA also publishes guidebooks on various topics which are available to grandparents.(Click here for a list of NIAAA publications)
Temporary respite care
Respite care provides grandparents the opportunity to take break from caregiving with the assistance of licensed child care agencies. Click here for your provider site
Grandparent support groups
Attend a group for support, sharing ideas, and learning coping skills (Click here to find a local grandparent support group)
Grandparents can receive free legal assistance on all civil matters (Click here to get more information about legal services)
Emergency assistance (or gap filling service) is available to provide a safety net of essential help for temporary and essential medical, housing, legal, homemaker and other assistance as needed. Click here for your provider site