It can be more difficult, both emotionally and financially, for grandparents raising their grandchildren than when they were raising their own children. Ohio grandparents with custody may face numerous challenges, such as living on a limited retirement income and age-related health issues, which can complicate taking on parental duties. The children may also be dealing with feelings of loss and other emotional issues that come from not being raised by their parents. Not surprisingly, custodial grandparents may feel overwhelmed and out of their league.
Grandparents should not have to feel alone when they are raising their grandchildren, asserts AARP. With numerous forms of government, community and online support, there should be ways for stressed and overtaxed grandparents to find help. They may begin by reaching out to support groups online and searching for assistance in their area. They may find emotional help and advice through programs sponsored by community centers, churches, schools and youth groups.
The Huffington Post also advises grandparents with custody to seek financial help through government assistance programs. For example, they may find relief with financial assistance programs such as Medicaid and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Their grandchildren may be eligible for Social Security benefits or survivor benefits. Custodial grandparents should also be able to take advantage of the earned income tax credit and adoption credit when doing their taxes.
Raising grandchildren can seem like a difficult burden, but it can also be rewarding. Custodial grandparents should not be ashamed or afraid to reach out for help from their friends, family members, community and government.