A new year and new challenges to be faced. Luckily I am facing them with the blessing of family and friends to aid me.

Grandfamilies are becoming a “thing”. Well, actually, they have been a “thing” for some time, but finally people in decision-making positions are noticing. I recently read that nearly 8 million families in the United States are Grandfamilies –  grandparents having sole or partial responsibility for raising grandchildren. Those number are significant.

The emotional and financial stresses are finally being recognized. I believe it is Chicago where housing subsidies are being provided for Grandfamilies.  Here in Nova Scotia, families with children under the Family Services umbrella are eligible for financial assistance.

There is lots more to do for Grandfamilies, but the wheels of government are slowly beginning to turn.