Grand­par­ents strug­gling to raise grand­chil­dren

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‘‘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,’’

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