GRAND love – Support for Custodial Grandparents

GRAND love employs a personal advocate to assist grandparents in stabilizing their family and identifying & accessing the services needed to support families.

Who We Are.


When parents are absent or unable to raise their children due to struggles with substance abuse, mental illness, incarceration, economic hardship, domestic violence, divorce, chronic illness, etc., grandparents (and other adults) serve a critical and under-recognized role in our community by providing stable, loving and supportive environments for these children in need.

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It’s not just for grandparents.

There are many other activities that are a part of GRAND love. Monthly meetings continue to include grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and uncles performing peer support.

You can experience activities such as parent cafe’s, support groups, and respite services.

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Defining a Custodial Grandparent.


Grandparents who are primarily responsible for all aspects of the care of a grandchild.
The care is assigned formally or informally. In many cases, relatives don’t go through the courts to formally obtain custody.
The parents are often absent or unable to support the family.

10 Percent of Grandparents Live With a Grandchild

In many cases, relatives don’t go through the courts to formally obtain custody. The kids simply go to stay with grandma.

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Estimated Children in Ottawa County Living With Grandparents
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Estimated Children in The US Living With Grandparents

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