Approximately 2.6 million children are being raised by their grandparents and experts say this number is rising as the opioid epidemic devastates communities across the country and in Massachusetts.
The number of older Americans in Massachusetts who are delaying their retirement in order to care for grandchildren is on the rise due to the opioid crisis.
The U.S. Census Bureau presents statistics about their role in American society as caregivers of their grandchildren.
Grandparents as Caregivers
7.3 million – The number of grandparents whose grandchildren under age 18 were living with them in 2015.
2.6 million – The number of grandparents responsible for the basic needs of one or more grandchild under age 18 living with them in 2015. Of these caregivers, 1.6 million were grandmothers and 1.0 million were grandfathers.
509,922 – The number of grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 whose income was below the poverty level in the past 12 months, compared with the 2.1 million grandparent caregivers whose income was at or above the poverty level.
$51,448 – The median income for families with grandparent householders responsible for grandchildren under age 18. Among these families, where a parent of the grandchildren was not present, the median income was $37,580.
642,852 – The number of grandparents who had a disability and were responsible for their grandchildren.
Throughout history, Massachusetts grandparents have stepped in to provide safe and secure homes to their grandchildren, replacing traumatic pasts with loving and hopeful futures. With so many parents struggling with addiction, grandparents are increasingly coming to the rescue and assuming this role.
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