Senate Passes the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act
Due to the opioid crisis, a new law was passed that now protects “grandfamilies.”
7.8 million. That’s the number of children being raised by family members who are not their birth parents.
2.6 million. That’s the number of grandparents who report that they are raising their grandchildren in a brand-new form of family structure. Because it’s so prevalent, this form of kinship care has its own name now. It’s called the grandfamily, a newly minted moniker born of necessity and created by a tragic crisis in this country—substance abuse and opioid addiction.