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CT: Grandparents raising grandchildren face financial hardship
Middletown Press – January 18, 2019
For decades, grandparents have taken on the role of parent when needed – some for a second, third or fourth time. Many, like Melton, are thrust into the role without warning, often stepping in for their own children who struggle with drug addiction, incarceration, mental illness or other issues. Some are unprepared for the financial, emotional and health challenges that come along with parenting at an older age and advocates say with little notice, they are forced to face many obstacles with few supports and services tailored to their needs.