Georgia has more than 92,000 grandparents raising their grandchildren, and to make it easier for them to find services to help them, the Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) has launched a web site dedicated to assisting them at www.dhr.georgia.gov/grg. The web site offers information on community support services, financial services, health and wellness, legal services, subsidized childcare and accessing Vital Records.
"Caring for a child can be challenging even for parents, so the plight of grandparents doing the same is easy to recognize," said Maria Greene, Director of the Division of Aging Services. "Often they are taking on the responsibility of raising their grandchildren at a time in their lives when they maybe on limited incomes, with pensions that may not be sufficient enough to care for just themselves."
The new web site is a compliment to DHR’s Single System of Care, which lets a grandparent walk into any DHR office, whether it be a Public Health county office or Child Support office and have staff figure out where they can find help, and connect them to those resources.
"It is not an easy task to raise your grandkids after you have already raised your kids," said DHR Commissioner B.J. Walker. "Now grandfamilies can access the services they need no matter what DHR office they visit. The web site will also help them learn about all of the services that are provided."
For more information, visit the web site at www.dhr.georgia.gov/grg.
- from Georgia DHR