fice is the best resource to discuss social security benefits.
4. BenefitsCheckUp.org is a great website that provides a comprehensive list of additional financial assistance programs. The site helps grandfamilies search by state to determine if they may also be eligible for guardianship subsidies, non-parent grants or kinship care, lower energy bills, discounts on prescription medications and much more.
5. AARP offers a wealth of information for grandparents through their “Grandfacts” state facts sheets. Visit https://www. aarp.org/caregiving for help finding information about college savings, public benefits and much more.
6. “The Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act” was passed into law in July this year. The law is focused on finding ways to help grandparents meet the health, educational, nutritional, etc. needs of the children in their care while also helping them maintain their own physical, mental and emotional well-being. Find out more and know your rights.
Now that you’re equipped with these resources, do not underestimate the importance of demonstrating some kind of custody or parental authorization since the majority of aid programs will require this. Without parental authorization, a grandparent will likely have trouble doing even everyday things like enrolling a child in school or going to the doctor.
Therefore, in order to become the best advocate for yourself and your grandchildren, make sure you obtain the formal documentation you’ll need. This will likely involve talking with an attorney to learn more about the best arrangement for your family’s situation. Being proactive is important and will hopefully prevent the courts from making a custody/guardianship decision for you and your grandchild.
If you’re among the generous, hard-working population of millions of grandfamilies writing a new story for your grandchild — thank you. While providing a stable, loving home for your grandchild probably wasn’t in your retirement plan, you’re making a huge difference and have a great purpose to fulfill. Tom Kalejta is an author of “Building Wealth, Protecting Dreams” and a financial advisor. He is intrigued by how Baby Boomers are changing retirement trends and lifestyles in the 21st century. He believes in inspiring his readers by talking less about money and more about reinvented possibilities — particularly when things don’t go as planned. He can be reached by emailing thomasakalejta@gmail. com.