“Grandparents raising grandchildren in the United States: Changing family forms, stagnant social policies”

Baker, Lindsey A., Merril Silverstein, and Norella M. Putney.  Journal of societal & social policy 7 (2008): 53.

Research concerning how American social welfare policy has not been able to adequately address a fundamental change in family structure: grandparents raising grandchildren. The authors provide and outline of the phenomenon of grandfamilies in the U.S. (as a “natural duty and public good”). They also provide two macro-level theoretical perspectives in social gerontology to analyze the inadequacies in current social policies in the U.S. for grandfamilies.


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