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AARP in Pennsylvania

AARP Foundation's Benefits QuickLINK - 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.

COVID-19/Emergency Preparedness Resource Guide for Kinship Families and Grandfamilies - Developed by the Administration for Community Living's Advisory Council to Support 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.

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

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

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.

Raising the Children of the Opioid Epidemic (Updated-2018, Generations United). The amended report shows that -- overall -- foster care systems are relying more on grandparents and other relatives to care for children when their parents cannot. The report includes recommendations on how to connect grandfamilies to the same supports and services that traditional unrelated foster families receive.

Resources for Helping Youth Manage the Effects of Stress and Loss - This is “Northwestern University’s Center for Child Trauma Assessment, Services and Interventions” webpage for parents and caregivers. Includes great video, website links, and other material to help parents and other caregivers better understand the impact of child traumatic experiences and ways to support them.

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.

Zero to Three - "If You Only Knew: A Tool for Grandparent Caregivers"


Toolkits to help children in grandfamilies thrive through connection to family and culture (from Generations United):


  • Child Abuse & Neglect: 1-800-932-0313
  • Domestic Violence: 1-800-799-7233
  • Mental Health: 977-356-5355
  • Suicide Prevention: 1-800-SUICIDE
  • Kin-Connect (hotline for grandfamilies in Pennsylvania): 866-KIN-2111

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Matthew Kaplan, Ph.D.
  • Professor, Intergenerational Programs and Aging

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Matthew Kaplan, Ph.D.
  • Professor, Intergenerational Programs and Aging