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Get The Facts On GrandFamilies (Grandparents Raising Grandchildren)

Our GRANDPartner for GRANDParents, Generations United, provides the latest and most accurate information about grandparents raising grandchildren in our country. Below is a listing by state. Find your state and see how it compares.


The Children

• 2,562,000 (3%) children live with a relative with no parent present.
• 7,416,698 (10.1%) children under 18 live in homes where householders are grandparents or other relatives.
 5,654,315 (7.7%) of these children live with grandparents.
 1,762,384 (2.4%) of these children live with other relatives.

The Grandparents

• 2,685,185 grandparents are householders responsible for their grandchildren who live with them. Of these:
 891,082 (33.2%) do not have parents present.
 1,690,679 (63.0%) are under age 60.
 1,576,204 (58.7%) are in the workforce.
 563,879 (21.0%) are in poverty.
 668,210 (24.9%) have a disability.
 800,185 (29.8%) are unmarried.
 Race/Ethnicity:
 1,396,296 (52.0%) are white (not Hispanic or Latino)
 574,630 (21.4%) are black or African American
 542,407 (20.2%) are Hispanic or Latino origin
 85,926 (3.2%) are Asian
 53,704 (2.0%) are American Indian or Alaska Native
 8,056 (0.3%) are Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
 53,704 (2.0%) are multiracial
 155,741 (5.8%) are some other

Working together, Generations UnitedThe Brookdale Foundation Group, AARP,  ABA Center on Children and the LawCasey Family ProgramsChildFocusChild Trends, and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption have, as of May 2017, fully updated the GrandFacts: State Fact Sheets for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children.

GrandFacts: State Fact Sheets for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children:


These 52 fully updated state-specific GrandFacts Fact Sheets provide:

  • Data
  • Key state and local programs and resources
  • Public benefits
  • Educational assistance
  • Legal relationship options
  • State laws

If you have an update or a resource to be included in any of the GrandFacts State Fact Sheets, please email grandfamilies@gu.org.

Major support for the GrandFacts State Fact Sheets was provided by The Brookdale Foundation Group in partnership with Casey Family Programs with additional support from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Several state fact sheets also have local individual or foundation support and are acknowledged on the individual fact sheet.



Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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