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Thousands of MA Grandparents Raising Kids... Again

May 7, 2008

Washington, D.C. - It's something most people don't factor into their retirement planning, but according to the latest census 28,000 Massachusetts grandparents are doing it: raising their grandchildren. Some of them are in the nation's capital today for the third annual national "GrandRally."

Amy Goyer is the coordinator for the American Association of Retired Persons Foundation Grandparenting Program. She says raising grandkids is tough to afford.

"They may be doing okay on their own, but when they suddenly start raising another family, they spend down their retirement savings, or they simply just don't have enough to make ends meet from day to day."

Goyer notes other obstacles, too, such as getting legal guardianship and providing education for the children. The focus of the GrandRally this year is the "Kinship Caregiver Support Act" before Congress, which would provide more funding for support services.

Stephanie Chacker is the program director at Grandfamilies House in Boston, which was the first housing facility in the nation designed for grandparents raising grandchildren. She'd like to see more government support for housing that caters to both the old and young.

"Working with grandparents who are living in the city, affordable housing is probably the greatest challenge in terms of finding housing that's appropriate both for the elderly grandparents and the young grandchildren."

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

Kevin Clay/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MA