This engaging textbook synthesizes the current knowledge about how grandparents operate in the family and in society. Using a number of case studies, the book covers topics such as: the grandparent-grandchild bond; grandparent development; grandparent-parent relationships; normative and non-normative grandparenting activities; the variety of grandparenting activities according to race, gender and age; the relationship of grandparents to the community; clinical grandparenting; and the legal rights of grandparents.

Raising Grandchildren

Raising Grandchildren

Raising grandchildren

I want to give my grandchild a future of belonging.

—Barbara Kirkland, founder of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

A growing number of children depend on their grandparents for their primary care. In 1970, over 2.2 million children under the age of 18 lived in grandparent-headed households, with the mother present in half of these households. By 1993, the number was nearly 3.4 million; of these, more than 1 million lived in households with neither parent present. In 1994, at a national meeting of Generations United, it was the consensus of national leaders of support groups for grandparents raising grandchildren that their numbers exceeded 7 million.

Social problems, such as drug and alcohol addiction, joblessness, street crime, homelessness, incarceration, deaths, AIDS, child abuse and neglect, parental immaturity, ...

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