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Grandparents caring for children may need child support help

According to a 2015 census, an estimated 430,000 children were taken from their homes due to parental substance abuse issues. Statistics show that nearly 11 percent of children live in a home headed by grandparents or extended family. There are countless California grandparents who find themselves raising their grandchildren with limited means who may be in need or resources -- including child support.

There is an addiction crisis in this country that has affected the lives of all of the family members of the addict. Thousands of children are finding themselves without parents who are capable of caring for them properly. In many of these situations, grandparents are responding by taking in and raising the next generation in their families. In many of these circumstances, these elder relatives are attempting to care for children who are already dealing with serious emotional issues stemming from their parents' addiction.

It is estimated that more than 20 percent of these grandparents are living below the poverty level. Many are on fixed incomes and are now forced to provide all of the supplies and material goods for their grandchildren in addition to ensuring that their emotional needs are being met. Some of these elder caregivers are reluctant to seek support from the children's parents or do not know how to locate a missing parent.

There are resources available that can supply information to these grandparents as far as seeking emotional and community help. However, there remains the need to address the lack of monetary reserves in order to care for these children in the best manner possible. California caregivers who are unsure of how to establish custody rights or may need to receive child support are entitled to seek the guidance of an experienced family law attorney in order to provide the best opportunities to their beloved grandchildren.

Source:, "Shift the Focus: Grandparents to the rescue ??? A generation of abandoned children", Lorri Irrgang, Sept. 22, 2017

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