Grandparents struggling to raise grandchildren
‘‘The children have a lot of needs and most do not see their parents regularly for various reasons.’’
Many grandparents are struggling to make ends meet as they care for vulnerable grandchildren, new research shows.
Commissioned by the support group Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust, a survey of 1300 children shows almost half were removed from their parents owing to drug addiction. Most children came into grandparent care as a result of one or more of six factors: parental drug addiction (45 per cent), domestic violence (42 per cent), family breakdown (41 per cent), neglect (41 per cent), parent unable to cope (40 per cent) and/or alcohol abuse (26 per cent). Other reasons included parental illness, death, imprisonment, and child abuse. Many of the children came to grandparents at birth or shortly after. Some families said they were able to provide good resources for their grandchildren while others struggled to cope despite being entitled to the Unsupported Child Benefit.
‘‘The cost of the grandchildren weighs heavily on most of the participants with two-thirds of these families in deprivation deciles 7-10, on or below the poverty line,’’ a press release from the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust stated.
‘‘The children have a lot of needs and most do not see their parents regularly for various reasons. They have a range of physical illnesses and psychological problems,’’