The number of grandparents caring for their grandkids is increasing, which
parallels the growing number of single parents, says research dedicated
to tracking social trends in the U.S. This research was funded by Brown
University and the Russell Sage Foundation. The Pew Research Center came
up with similar findings; their 2011 study found that 7.7 million children
in the United States (that is ten percent) lived in the same house as
one of their grandparents. Most of the time, this reflected that children
lived in their grandparent's household.
When asked as to why this is, an official from AARP said the recession
is a huge reason. After all, almost 20 percent of grandparents who are
living with their grandchildren are in a household that falls below the
poverty line. The new study found that nearly a third of all grandmothers
who are in the same house as their grandchildren are the primary caregivers
of the kids. The study also noted that black and Hispanic grandmothers
have a higher likelihood than white grandmothers do of living with their
grandkids. Black grandmothers were also found to have a greater likelihood
of being the primary caregiver than Hispanic grandmothers.
There are many relational and financial reasons why the multi-generational
household can help everyone. This can help ease financial stress, as it
may be too much for a single parent or grandmother to live in different
households. At the same time, knowing that a grandparent is watching over
the children can help a single parent to work longer, and thus earn more.
As it becomes increasingly apparent how important a grandparent can be
in their grandchild's life, it is vital that
grandparents' rights be upheld. If you are concerned about the welfare of your grandchildren
and want to exercise your rights on their behalf, then
contact the Meyers Law Group, P.C. Our Long Island family law attorney may be able to help you protect your
visitation so that your grandchildren can have a healthier future.