Are you in your 60s or 70s? Have you worked hard all your life and now look forward to a renewed life now that your kids are adults and have lives of their own? That’s supposed to be a dream and a payoff for doing right things in your life. However, you might find yourself back at that starting line again. According to the US Census Report 2005 and social services stats, there are nearly 6 million American children under 18 raised by grandparents. The number has increased significantly over the past decade, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau and now close to 8 million. One out of 10 children are now being raised by grandparents .
There are lots of reasons for this situation and there are families who are trying to deal with it, andgrandparentsneed support. There are various tragic situations when a child’s parents die, or go to prison, or are at the verge of dying. And in such cases you, being good and loving grandparents , won’t let your grandchildren be taken away from you by social services. The question is how to deal with lots of new responsibilities?.
Fortunately, the issue of age difference is not that important now, as many people prefer having kids later in life. That is why grandparents raising grandchildrencan even barely stand out in the crowd. However, raising grandchildren is still difficult and stressful job. How to deal with new responsibilities? Where can grandparents find support? How to take control of the situation? These questions always fill the mind of those grandparents who need support and comfort.
Tip #1 Help andSupport for Grandparents
First you will be overwhelmed and shocked by the responsibilities that had fallen on you. However, grandparents shouldn’t hesitate to look for support. There are many social services that can provide you with financial, physical and moral help. The best resources to seek help at are the AARP and National Committee of Grandparents for Children’s Rights.
Tip #2 Don’t Waste your Savings
Many dedicated and loving grandparents spend all their belongings to provide grandchildren with clothing, food, medical care and many other needs. However, instead of plunging in that direction you may find whether your family qualifies for different social services, e.g. TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) program, Social Security Service or Food Stamps.
Tip #3 Determine If You Are Eligible for Help
To do this you should follow the BenefitsCheckUp.org link and fill out a confidential questionnaire there. Afterwards, the site will highlight suitable supportprograms for grandparents.
Tip #4 Legal Status
Consult a family attorney whether it will be beneficial if you become your grandkid’s legal guardian. This status will let you make vital decisions about your grandchild’s education and medical help.
Tip #5 Tax Credit
Those raising grandchildrenand living on fixed or low incomes may apply for Earned Income Tax Credit. In case you have enough money, you may also try to apply for Child Tax Credit. If grandparents are raising three and more grandchildren, they may look for support at Additional Child Tax Credit.
Tip #6 Be a Prudent Renter
Those grandparents who live in rented apartments may hide their grandkids not to get booted out. Instead, you should contact you grandparents’ supportgroup and city’s housing office for additional rental options.
Tip #7 Mind the Age
You might feel young inside, and even when your ID says your real age, you may notice that you’re not as young and bouncy as you were at the age of 25. Things are different now. You have more responsibilities, but you have to keep up with time because your grandchildren are young. However, very often grandparents get support from their grandkids. It may not be what you planned, but majority grandparents do end up raising grandchildren with joy and grace.