|You're Not Alone|
|Tuesday, 29 December 2009 15:20|
In Ohio and throughout our nation, grandparents are increasingly being called upon to serve as parents to their grandchildren.
In early in 1998, the University of Cincinnati's Institute for Policy Research to 1998 conducted a statewide needs-assessment on grandparents raising grandchildren. The survey, involving 6,307 randomly selected households in Ohio, found that:
The institute conducted a statewide phone survey of 6,307 randomly selected Ohio households between Al April and July of 1998. In order to ascertain pertinent information related to special needs and concerns of grandparents raising grandchildren, the institute conducted in-depth phone interviews with 186 grand, parents raising grandchildren as identified in the initial phone survey.
Major findings the survey, in line with nationwide estimates, indicate:
According to the survey, major concerns of Ohio grandparents are related to their own finances and their grandchildren's education, safety and health coverage.
While grandparents express some concern about their own health and finances, the overwhelming majority display a touching altruism, saying that they are far more concerned with the health and overall well-being of 'the grandchildren they are raising. Their specific worries and concerns most often pertain to the education , health coverage and overall safety of their grandchildren.
Due to a continuing shift in traditional family structure, grandparents now provide care for grandchildren in roughly 10 percent of Ohio households with children. As this issue has become of mounting co concern to those throughout our state and nationwide, the need to formally address the matter has become increasingly crucial.
Ohio is taking steps to formally recognize the grandparents as the parental authority where the grandparent has the primary parenting responsibility, thereby granting them easier access to the public benefits and support systems available to biological parents and non-related foster parents in this state.
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