The Senate is considering a bill to assist the more than 2.5 million American grandparents who are raising at least one of their grandchildren, often because the middle generation is struggling with addiction.
If passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives, the “Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act” would establish a federal task force to help grandparents meet the needs of their grandkids while maintaining their own wellbeing.
Though there’s a patchwork of government programs, support groups, manuals, and other resources available to grandparents who’ve taken in their grandkids, many of them are little known.
The new task force, which would include the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, would be charged with identifying the best available resources and making sure more families know about them.
The task force would also determine what additional resources should be developed.
“This legislation is designed to say that you are not alone and that we have your back,” said Senator Bob Casey, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, who introduced the bill earlier this month with Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine.