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PA Grandparents Rally in Washington D.C.

May 5, 2008

Philadelphia, PA – Retirement planning may at one point have focused on golf, but those plans aren't on "par" with reality for almost 165,000 Pennsylvania grandparents who have unexpectedly found themselves raising their grandchildren, while thousands more children are being raised by family members other than their parents or grandparents.

Some 50 Pennsylvanians are joining hundreds of others in Washington D.C. this week for the National "GrandRally."

Dr. David Rubin with Safe Place: Center for Child Protection and Health in Philadelphia is working on a study to be released next month that shows that in most cases the best place for kids displaced from their immediate families is with relatives.

"We see major differences in terms of the risk of behavioral problems. A third of the children in kinship care have behavioral problems while nearly half of the kids who are in foster care have behavioral problems three years later."

Dr. Rubin believes better behavior brings with it a financial incentive for tweaking laws to help grandparents take the parenting role because that means less juvenile delinquency and other special program needs for kids.

Brigitte Castellano with the National Committee of Grandparents for Children's Rights says a second round of parenting is not an easy role to take on.

"We need some support and we need some recognition for the fine work that relatives do raising these children. Picture all of these children that would be in foster care were it not for the relatives' willingness to take on this responsibility."

More information about grandparents who raise their grandchildren and the National "GrandRally" is available at the Children's Defense Fund website, www.grandrally.org.

Deborah Smith/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - PA