Number of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Under 18 Years, Arizona
As these graphs indicate, grandparents as caregivers are on the rise. As the composition of Arizona families continues to change, more grandparents are becoming the primary caregivers for their grandchildren. Grandparents raising grandchildren are defined as those who have assumed full care of their grandchildren on a temporary or permanent live-in basis. There are many reasons why a child is placed with their grandparents. Some reasons for parental absence include substance abuse, incarceration, child abuse and neglect, psychiatric disorders, and homicide or death. Grandparents raising grandchildren confront caregiving issues with school systems, health care, emotional issues the child may experience, legal issues, financial concerns, and complicated family relationships. For grandparents that are 65 years and older, issues are compounded as they also deal with their own issues related to aging.