Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Project Grandd: Grandparents Caring for Their Grandchildren with Disabilities

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Project Grandd: Grandparents Caring for Their Grandchildren with Disabilities

Article excerpt

Historically, grandparents have played an active role in raising children. They have the collective memory of generations to guide the childrearing practices of their children who became parents, at times playing an active caregiving role. In Africa and elsewhere in the developing world this has become a major crisis with the death of large numbers of young parents as part of the AIDS epidemic. In parts of the industrialized world, there has also been a rise in the phenomenon of grandparents becoming the primary caregivers for their grandchildren.

We report on a cohort of grandparents who are the primary caregivers for their grandchildren with disabilities and chronic medical conditions - Project GRANDD.

Project GRANDD was started in 2005 in response to the finding that many children attending cerebral palsy and autism clinics in Atlanta Georgia, were brought by their grandparents. The population is low income, underserved and minority, predominantly African American. The program was established to provide support for grandparents to assist them in caring for their grandchildren with special health care needs. There are monthly meetings with guest lectures, social events, and practical and financial support to meet emergency needs. To date, a cohort of over 80 grandparents are currently active in GRANDD. …

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