Grandparents Raising Grandchildren


Welcome to Colorado State University’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) website. This website was established in 2008 with the goal of providing useful resources and reliable, current information for grandparents that have taken on the role as primary caregiver for their grandchildren.

According to the American Community Survey 2007, 6.2 million grandparent have grandchildren living with them under the age of 18. 2.5 million grandparents were responsible for most of the basic needs (i.e., food, shelter, clothing) of one or more of the grandchildren who lived with them. These grandparents represented about 40 percent of all grandparents whose grandchildren lived with them. Brattelli (2008) states that in Colorado there are 28,524 grandparent headed households providing care to grandchildren either formally or informally. Although, grandparents’ raising their grandchildren is not a new trend, the significant rise over the last several decades is a new trend.

Local grandparents raising grandchildren have expressed a desire for online resources to be available to help them overcome barriers, answer their questions, and enhance their relationship with their grandchildren. This GRG website includes research based information that is updated monthly, stories from other grandparents raising grandchildren in the community, community resources, information on community support groups, frequently asked questions, and the ability to ask questions to an expert in the field. It is our purpose to increase grandparents’ knowledge about the issues affecting them, while empowering and uniting grandparents who may feel isolated, invisible, or overwhelmed.


2007 American Community Survey

Brattelli, M. B. (2008). Grandparents and Kinship Foster Care: Implication of Licensing and Payment Policies. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 51, 228-246.

Updated Tuesday, August 05, 2014