ERIC Number: EJ725416
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-1
Reference Count: 42
American Indian/Alaskan Native Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Findings from the Census 2000 Supplementary Survey
Fuller-Thomson, Esme; Minkler, Meredith
Social Work, v50 n2 p131 Apr 2005
This article documents the prevalence and national profile of American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, based on data from the American Community Survey/Census 2000 Supplementary Survey. In 2000 there were estimated to be nearly 53,000 AI/AN grandparent caregivers age 45 and older in the United States. Almost half of the caregiving grandparents had been raising a grandchild for five years or longer. The findings reveal a portrait of grandparents committed to raising their grandchildren despite the fact that many were living in extreme poverty, with ill health, and with limited resources and services. One-third of grandparent caregivers were living below the poverty line, and only one-quarter of these were receiving public assistance. Even when compared with their noncaregiving AI/AN peers, grandparents raising grandchildren were disproportionately female, poor, living with a functional disability, and living in overcrowded conditions. Implications for social work practice are presented and recommendations for policy and research are discussed.
Descriptors: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Caregivers, Poverty, Community Surveys, American Indians, Welfare Services, Females, Parent Child Relationship, Disabilities, Alaska Natives
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: United States