Online Support Groups: AARP.org

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AARP.org provides the most comprehensive, supportive website for grandparents raising grandchildren.


By visiting the American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) website, grandparents raising grandchildren and their grandchildren will find a comprehensive resource providing access to other grandparents facing similar issues and supportive organizations.

AARP’s National Grandparent Information Center posts and maintains a database of over 800 support groups for kinship care. Just enter your zip code in the online search form and you will receive a list of groups in your area. These groups provide tips, ideas, and support and include the following types of programs:

  • Support groups for grandparents or other relatives raising grandchildren
  • Support groups for children being raised by grandparents or other relatives
  • Grandparents’ rights groups
  • Agencies serving grandparents

Each grandparents raising grandchildren support group entry contains a brief description about the group’s services and activities, such as frequency of meetings, newsletter, conferences, education, advocacy, and referral. A database registration form is available for leaders of support groups to register with the national database.

Access the database online at: http://www.aarp.org/Articles/a2004-02-23-grandparents_support_group_ search_form.html

Contact information:
Amy Goyer
Program Coordinator
AARP Grandparent Information Center
601 E St., NW
Washington, DC 20049
Phone: 202-434-6470
Fax: 202-434-2296
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.aarp.org/grandparents

source: US Dept of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families: Children’s Bureau Express Online Digest, Online Support for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, 2001

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