Grandparents raising their grandchildren: tensions, service needs and involvement with child welfare agencies.

@article{Gladstone2009GrandparentsRT,
  title={Grandparents raising their grandchildren: tensions, service needs and involvement with child welfare agencies.},
  author={James W. Gladstone and Ralph Brown and Kerri-Ann J Fitzgerald},
  journal={International journal of aging & human development},
  year={2009},
  volume={69 1},
  pages={55-78}
}
This qualitative study focuses on 22 grandparents who were raising their grandchildren and involved with child welfare agencies. We explored the tensions experienced by these grandparents, ways that child welfare agencies alleviate these tensions, and factors preventing grandparents from utilizing services. Tensions were grouped into 4 categories: feeling responsible for grandchildren; having limited financial resources; feelings toward the middle generation; and relationship with the child… CONTINUE READING