Grandparents as parents, again. Grandparents are being recycled as parents, becoming a second time around parent to one or more grandchildren. Millions of grandparents have returned to the role of parent, including us. According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, over the last 25 years, the number of children being raised by someone other than a parent has increased dramatically, with the vast majority of these children being raised by their grandparents.
The numbers of grandparents raising grandchildren, actually raising their grandchild(ren) as parents typically would, versus grandchildren and parents simply living in the grandparents home, continues to increase. Between 1990 and 1998, the number of families in grandparent-headed households without either parent present increased by 53 percent, and the 2000 Census Report placed the total number of children living in a grandparent- or other relative-headed household at 6 million.
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