Resource Links/Hotlines

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AARP in Pennsylvania

AARP Foundation's Benefits QiuckLINK - Helps older adults navigate through the maze of public benefit programs.

AARP Foundation's Guide to Public Benefits in PA for Older Americans -PA state programs and resources for older adults.

American FactFinder - by U.S. Census Bureau - your source for population, housing, economic and geographic information. Add your county and state to retrieve information about Grandparents raising grandchildren.

Child Welfare Leaque of America - Fostering Connections - This is a summary of the Fostering Connections Act (H.R. 6893).

Child Welfare Information Gateway - Information for relative/kinship caregivers.

Child Welfare Information Gateway - Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Developing Rural Relatives As Parents Programming: Promising Practices- A Collection of Practice Wisdom from Across Rural America was written by the University of Maine Center on Aging and funded by The Brookdale Foundation Group. The manual provides Relatives as Parents Programs (RAPPs) with a thorough review of the strengths, needs, and challenges of rural kinship caregivers, as well as practical tips on serving rural grandfamilies.

eXtension website - This online resource provides information for families with relative caregivers.

Generations United Grandfamlies - Information and resources for relative caregiver families and the professionals who work with them.

Grandparenting Today - information from the University of Wisconsin Extension

Grandfacts: State Fact Sheets for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children (2010). In Pennsylvania, 240,000 children (8.6 percent of the children in the state) are living in grandparent-headed households and another 48,300 (1.7 percent of the state’s children) live in households headed by other relatives. Approximately 80,000 grandparents in Pennsylvania responsible for meeting the needs of children in their care.

If You're Raising Grandkids, Get the Support You Need (from NextAvenue)

National Center on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

National Council on Aging Benefits Checkup Links - Information on various benefit programs.

Operation Grandparents - PA support groups for grandparents who have direct care of their grandchildren.  Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, Scranton, Tunkhannock, and Susquehannd County.

Pennsylvania Department of Aging

Promising Practices in Encouraging & Supporting Grandparents and Relatives - This publication, a collaboration of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) and the Brookdale Foundation, is intended to make the aging network across the nation aware of important and successful Relatives as Parents Programs (RAPPs) operated by Area Agencies on Aging.

Proud Grandparents - Advise on being a grandparent including a section about grandparents raising grandchildren.

Search for a Grandparent Support Group in Your Area - AARP Foundation Grandcare Support Locator service.

Strengthening Grandfamilies Through Respite Care - Policy brief from the National Human Services Assembly. - Grandparents Raising Grandchildren


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