The number of grandparents who are raising grandchildren has risen dramatically as the result of several social trends. Within this article, diversity aspects of this population are explored including characteristics of the grandparents and grandchildren. In addition, support groups, the primary intervention for custodial grandparents, are overviewed with specific attention to models that have relevance for subpopulations of care providers. Finally, child welfare and kinship care policies are examined and critiqued from a diversity perspective.
Kropf, N. & Kolomer, S. (2004). Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Diverse Population. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 9(4), 65-83. DOI: 10.1300/J137v09n04_04 or Kropf, N. & Kolomer, S. (2004). Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Diverse Population. In: Cummings, S.M. & Galambos, C. (Eds.). Diversity and Aging in the Social Environment, pp. 65-83. Philadelphia, PA: Haworth Press.