Monday, September 2, 2013

Great-Grandparents Raising Children: A Tribute (Video 2:42)

Imagine being parents again after 65 years of marriage. While it is common now to read about the millions of grandparents raising children, very little is mentioned about great-grandparents in similar circumstances during their golden years. Great-grandparents accepting a responsibility of this magnitude are presented with many challenges legally, financially, physically, and mentally. They need support from the larger community in the form of education regarding available resources, respite care, and assistance with general problem solving. The AARP Grandparents Information Center is one resource.

The Cooks are great-grandparents who accepted the commitment and sacrifices of raising their great-grandson who is now an adult. They have reached that amazing stage where they can look back on their wonderful accomplishment with great pride, knowing they saved his life “like a seatbelt.”

Frances Shani Parker, Author
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