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Retirement Surprise for Thousands of MT Grandparents

May 7, 2008

Helena, MT – Mother's Day has taken on new meaning for almost 10,000 Montana children. According to the latest census, that's how many kids are being raised not by mom and dad, but by their grandparents. Thousands more are being cared for by other family members.

About a dozen Montanans are joining hundreds of others in Washington, D.C., today for the national "GrandRally." Executive Director Brigitte Castellano with the National Committee of Grandparents for Children's Rights explains a second round of parenting is not an easy role to take.

"We need some recognition for the fine work that relatives do raising these children. Picture what would happen to all of these children if relatives were not there: They would be in foster care."

Legal twists and turns, as well as money issues, abound for relatives raising children. Castellano says GrandRally activists are calling on states to make sure laws that apply to their situation are in the best interest of the child.

Dr. David Rubin with Safe Place: Center for Child Protection and Health agrees the issue is complex. His study of this situation will be released next month. In most cases, he says, the best place for kids displaced from their family is with relatives.

"Major differences exist in terms of the risk of behavioral problems. A third of the children in kinship care have behavioral problems, but nearly half of the kids who are in foster care have behavioral problems three years later."

Grandparents can call 1-888-GRAND-18 for information about available services and benefits. Information about today's rally is online at

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MT