Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

In Arizona, more than 100,000 children are being raised by their grandparents or other relatives.

Nationwide, that number is more than 5 million. Many parents are unable to take care of their children due to substance abuse, incarceration, mental illness, child abuse or death.

Grandparents raising their grandchildren must deal with school systems, health coverage, legal issues, financial concerns, and complex family situations. This leaves many of these “second-time around” parents feeling overwhelmed.

By providing support to grandparents and other relative caregivers, we help keep children out of foster care.
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How We Help

Grandparent Support Groups

Grandparents who have the primary responsibility for raising their grandchildren often face many challenges. Our support groups give you a place to share experiences, network with others, and find workable solutions to the challenges ahead.
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We provide educational workshops and seminars that focus on the special needs of grandparents raising grandchildren. Check our calendar frequently.

Topics include:

Group Activities For Families

We offer encouragement and support to children who are adjusting to their new living situations. We host monthly family activities so children who are being raised by a grandparent or other relative can meet and socialize with other children in similar circumstances. Reservations are required for these group activities.

Respite Assistance

Do you want to enroll your grandchild in classes, camps, and after school activities ~ but don’t have the financial resources? If so, we may be able to help. Through our respite assistance, we may pay for a portion or all of the registration fees. We know these activities benefit you and your grandchildren.
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Legal Guidance

Many grandparents assume parenting responsibilities for a short time while their adult child “gets it together.” However, raising grandchildren without some form of legal custody can be challenging.

We help determine and offer:

Information and Referral

Wondering where to turn for help? We provide ongoing referrals and information to eligible grandparents who need support and services. We offer benefits and entitlement counseling to help identify the services and programs available to you. Call us for one-on-one assistance.
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Locate community resources on our Referrals page
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Recreational Opportunities

We provide a wide variety of recreational opportunities for grandparents and their grandchildren to meet others in similar situations. We also give grandparents a chance to simply “be grandparents” and participate in fun activities with their grandchildren.
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Arizona Kinship Care Coalition

We are part of the Arizona Kinship Care Coalition – a group dedicated to educating, empowering, and supporting grandparents and kinship caregivers. The Coalition works to strengthen family relationships and enhance the lives of children. The group meets once a month and all are welcome to attend and participate.
Learn more about AZ KinCare

What is respite assistance?

Because grandparents raising their grandchildren take on parental duties, they don’t get much of a “break” from the daily work load. We understand the emotional, physical and financial challenges that come with raising grandchildren.

That’s why we have unique respite assistance for grandparents raising grandchildren. If you are 55 or older, we may be able to pay for part or all of the registration fees or tuition for various activities.

Examples of fees that may be paid as part of respite assistance:

Be prepared to:

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Frequently Asked Questions for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Support Groups

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New Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group
Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, starting April 11, 2018
9 – 11 a.m.
Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th Street, Phoenix, AZ  85044
RSVP: Contact Jenny at, or call (602) 274-5022 Ext. 114

East Valley

Monthly, 1st Thursday
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
2745 N. 32nd St
Mesa, AZ 85213
(Child care is limited; please call to register for this group at 480-262-8154.)


Monthly, 2nd and 4th Thursday
9:00 – 11:00 AM
Duet – New Office Location
10000 N. 31st Ave, Suite D200
Phoenix, AZ 85051

West Valley

Monthly, 4th Tuesday
1:00 – 2:30 PM
Buckeye Community Center
210 E. Centre Ave.
Buckeye, AZ 85326

Monthly, 4th Saturday
9:00 – 11:00 AM
Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church
918 S. Litchfield Rd.
Goodyear, AZ 85338