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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

Kinship Care: Challenges and Joys of Raising Grandchildren

In the United States, of the 2.1 million children currently being raised by relative caregivers, 1.4 million children are being raised solely by a grandparent, yet we have only a limited understanding of their experiences. This exploratory study was both quantitative and qualitative in design, and examined the challenges and joys of 62 grandparents in Rochester, New York. Findings suggest that many grandparents share common strengths and needs, regardless of demographic factors, yet unfamiliarity with the social services system was a barrier for some. Grandparents expressed two general reactions to caregiving, Resignation or Acceptance, based on the level of perceived permanency of caregiving arrangements, and relationship with the biological parent. Implications for practice and policy include acknowledgment of strengths of extended family as a positive foundation for caregiving.

Presenter: Mary Penet (Graduate Student)
Topic: Social Work
Location: 336 MetroCenter
Time: 6:30 pm (Session VI)