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An estimated 2.7 million grandparents in the United States are taking the lead in raising their grandchildren. More than 6.1 million children under 18 live in their grandparents’ households. Focusing on your physical, mental and financial health is critical if you are your grandchild’s primary caregiver.

A growing number of grandparents are taking on an unexpected new challenge in their later years: raising their grandchildren. Grandparents are often raising their grandchildren after tragic circumstances, such as the death or incarceration of their children. With more responsibility, grandparents also have more financial burdens. They can find financial help and support as they are raising their grandkids.

WPTV - SPECIAL COVERAGE

They are the people you might not immediately think of as the “victims” of the opioid epidemic.

You may think of the drug users, battling tough addictions. Or, their children left growing up around substance abuse or broken families.

But there are also the people who have to step in and raise those children: Grandparents left parenting all over again.

It has become a nationwide crisis with experts citing at least a million children across the country being raised by grandparents, in part because of drug abuse.

For more information, visit
https://www.wptv.com/news/region-indian-river-county/support-group-forms-to-help-grandparents-faced-with-parenting

SOUTH FLORIDA AL-ANON FAMILY GROUPS

District 170 Al-Anon meetings: Southern Palm Beach County. From Lake Worth Road south to Broward County line. Includes the cities of: Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and part of Lake Worth.

For more information, visit
http://www.southfloridaal-anon.org/meetings/district-170-meeting-information-2

NACoA - VOICE FOR THE CHILDREN

As the foster care systems across America become increasingly overwhelmed by the growing number of children entering their systems and the special needs these children have as a result of the trauma they have experienced from the opioid epidemic’s engulfing and claiming their parents. More and more grandparents are thrust into saving and raising their children’s children.

For more information, visit
https://nacoa.org/grandparents-opioid-crisis

ELUNA NETWORK

Often grandparents find themselves in difficult situations in terms of finances, providing basic needs, navigating the child’s education, and finding emotional support for both the child and themselves. These strains can be complicated and overwhelming for grandparents who are caregivers, and they can have a lasting impact on the grandchildren involved. Eluna Network is a great resource for grandparents.

For more information, visit
https://elunanetwork.org/resources/grandfamilies-grandparents-raising-granchildren-impacted-by-addiction-subst

MONEYGEEK

A growing number of grandparents are taking on an unexpected new challenge in their later years: raising their grandchildren. Grandparents are often raising their grandchildren after tragic circumstances, such as the death or incarceration of their children. With more responsibility, grandparents also have more financial burdens. They can find financial help and support as they are raising their grandkids.

For more information, visit
https://www.moneygeek.com/financial-planning/support-for-grandfamilies

GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN

There is much information on this website for grandparents raising grandchildren, or other relatives parenting someone else’s child. You will find presonal comments from grandparents themselves.

For more information, visit
http://www.raisingyourgrandchildren.com/State_information.htm

211 • United Way

211 connects you to expert, caring help. Every call is completely confidential. 211 is the most comprehensive source of information about local resources and services in the country.

For more information, visit
https://www.211.org

RETIRE GUIDE

An estimated 2.7 million grandparents in the United States are taking the lead in raising their grandchildren. More than 6.1 million children under 18 live in their grandparents’ households. Focusing on your physical, mental and financial health is critical if you are your grandchild’s primary caregiver.

For more information, visit
https://www.retireguide.com/guides/self-care-raising-grandchildren

WAYSIDE HOUSE

Wayside House was founded in 1974, by Dr. Susan B. Anthony, great niece of the women’s rights advocate of the same name, and Phyllis Michelfelder. As women in recovery, these two pioneers recognized the need for a safe and supportive haven for women who were grappling with alcohol and drug addiction.

For more information, visit

https://www.waysidehouse.net/opioid-epidemic-pushing-more-grandparents-into-role-of-parent

FAITH FARM MINISTRIES

We believe that the restorative power of Jesus Christ can set people free from the bondage of addiction. Through meeting our student’s basic needs, offering the knowledge and life skills to choose recovery, and then offering a hand up through our education component, we give students a firm foundation for recovery, not just sobriety, at no cost to them. Sobriety is possible at our addiction treatment center in Florida. If you are looking for an Alcohol Abuse Treatment Center, Alcohol Addiction Services, Addiction Rehabilitation Center, or Recovery Home, our faith-based approach is the reason we are one of the Best Alcohol Rehabs In Florida.

For more information, visit
https://www.faithfarm.org/intake-short-form

THE HOMELESS COALITION OF PALM BEACH COUNTY

The Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County is a leader in gap funding for programs that end homelessness in Palm Beach County. Homelessness is one of our nation’s most serious problems. While there are many causes of homelessness, the primary cause is the growing gap between housing costs and income.  On any given night hundreds of individuals and families are homeless or on the verge of becoming homeless in Palm Beach County. The Homeless Coalition was formed in 1986 and incorporated in 1989 as The Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, Inc.

For more information, visit https://homelesscoalitionpbc.org

ADOPT A FAMILY OF THE PALM BEACHES

Program REACH is the largest emergency shelter for families with minor children experiencing homelessness in Palm Beach County. Program REACH provides immediate shelter for families living in places not meant for human habitation including cars and parks. It offers housing-focused case management, a food pantry, tutoring for students, mental health therapy, incentivized savings programs, and linkage to housing options.

For more information, visit
https://www.aafpbc.org/program-reach

ADMINISTRATION FOR COMMUNITY LIVING

The Administration for Community Living was created around the fundamental principle that older adults and people of all ages with disabilities should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose, and with the ability to participate fully in their communities.

By funding services and supports provided primarily by networks of community-based organizations, and with investments in research, education, and innovation, ACL helps make this principle a reality for millions of Americans.

For more information, visit https://acl.gov/programs/support-caregivers/supporting-grandparents-raising-grandchildren-0

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