Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in New Mexico: Understanding the Trend & Stemming the Tide 12/14/2017
The number of grandparents raising their grandchildren continue to rise in New Mexico and across the country. While the state has a strong tradition of extended families caring for members, grandparents, and other extended family members, are increasingly assuming primary care of their grandchildren because parents are unavailable or unwilling to be involved.
We have commissioned this study to help provide an understanding of the causes and issues behind the growing trend and how stakeholders, including the families affected, can best support this population. The report, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in New Mexico: Understanding the Trend & Stemming the Tide, offers insight into the statistics behind the stories as well as recommendations for moving forward.
“New Mexico has wonderful organizations working hard to help grandparents raise grandchildren – a critical need here. We also need people to work on addressing the root causes so children can live and thrive in intact families,” said Dolores E. Roybal, Con Alma’s executive director. “New Mexico’s history of extended families supporting one another is a valued tradition here, but grandparents who are alone in raising their grandchildren usually live in poverty while still working and navigating school and health-care systems.”