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Grandparents

There are many grandparents who take responsibility caring for their grandchildren who may have a disability. Grandparents can help by:

  • Providing a loving environment while respecting the role of the parents
  • Ask the parents how you can help
  • Find out what your grandchild likes to do
  • Be understanding and open to learning about your grandchild’s support, needs and prioritie
  • Share your experience

 

Many grandparents take on the role as the primary carer. There are many support groups available for grandparent carers.

Links to help:

Government support - www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/subjects/support-for-non-parent-carers

Seniors information service - www.seniorsinfo.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/139125/FS_5D_Grandparent_carers.pdf

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren - www.raisinggrandchildren.com.au

The Australian Government - www.seniors.gov.au

The Family Assistance Office - www.familyassist.gov.au

Grandparents of Children with Autism - www.med.monash.edu.au/spppm/research/devpsych/actnow/download/factsheet37.pdf

Grandparents raising grandchildren with developmental disabilities - www.rrtcadd.org/resources/Resources/Publications/Caregiving/Briefs-&-Reports/grandparentreview.html

Aging Horizons study - aginghorizons.com/2012/11/study-reaching-out-to-a-grandchild-with-a-disability/

Samaritans Kinship Care - www.samaritans.org.au/service/kinship-care-grandparents-as-parents/

Grandparents Plus (UK) - www.grandparentsplus.org.uk/disability

Grandparents for Grandchildren SA - www.gfgsa.com.au/about-us/

Funding

Department of Education Grandparent childcare benefit education.gov.au/grandparent-child-care-benefit