Support for Grandfamilies: A Mosaic of Intervention Strategies

Matthew Kaplan, Melinda Perez-Porter

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The term grandfamilies refers to families with relative caregivers raising children. These families often face a host of emotional, legal, financial, and daily living challenges that require intervention at various levels. This article describes a web of programs, support systems, organizational structures, and social policies that can help grandfamilies thrive as reconstituted families. These intervention efforts provide emotional and instrumental support for family members, training for service providers, and guidance for interagency collaboration leading to more extensive and timely services for grandfamilies. These domains of intervention fit together as an integrated, multipronged continuum of support for grandfamilies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-112
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Intergenerational Relationships
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Archaeology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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