Grandparents Raising Grandchildren - Focus on a Vulnerable Population

Establishing a national center on grandparents raising grandchildren

In 2002, staff at Georgia State University in Atlanta established a National Center on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren to provide resources for at-risk intergenerational families and to replicate Georgia's Project Healthy Grandparents in several cities nationally.

The project also sought to plan a national conference and create a national advisory board composed of national experts in the area of grandparent kinship care and child abuse.

Key Results

  • Project staff recruited and hired a director of operations and an administrative assistant for the national center; developed and implemented fund-raising, public relations and marketing plans; and designed a community outreach and education strategy.

  • They established the first national replication site for Project Healthy Grandparents at the University of Maryland-Baltimore in 2002.

  • Staff launched the second national replication site for Project Healthy Grandparents at Winston-Salem State University, in Winston-Salem, N.C. in 2003.