Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
The Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren Program is intended to assist grandparents or relatives who are 55 years or older and are caring for a child 18 years or younger. Connections Area Agency Aging's Respite Assistance is intended to provide information to grandparents about available services and assist them in gaining access to those services.
Services may include:
- individual counseling,
- support groups
- assistance (including financial assistance) in the areas of health, nutrition, financial literacy, and in making decisions and solving problems related to their role as a primary caregiver for a child.
How does "Grandparents caring for Grandchildren" financial support work?
For an eligible grandparent or relative caregiver, financial assistance may be made available to assist the grandparent in providing for the child in ways they are currently unable to do so. Connections Area Agency on Aging will reimburse for services the grandparent has established they are unable to afford. The family selects a service, program, or project they wish to participate in and submits an application to Connections Area Agency on Aging for approval. Approval for reimbursement must be sought before the service, program or project has started or is attended. Connections Area Agency on Aging will not reimburse caregivers for a service, program or project without prior approval.