Parenting Grandchildren

About Oregon Relatives As Parents Program (RAPP)

The OSU Extension Family and Community Health Program, as part of a collaboration, received a grant from the Brookdale Foundation to create a statewide network to provide technical assistance for groups targeting the needs of grandparents and other relatives raising children in Oregon.  The collaboration includes:

Resource Guides for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children
For access to a Resource Guide and/or Legal Guide for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children, please contact AARP Oregon toll-free at (866) 554-5360, or download here.

A Resource Guide for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children in Oregon 2015 (pdf.)
Oregon’s Legal Guide for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children 2016 (pdf.)

RAPP Support Groups, What They Can Do for You?

Support groups for custodial grandparents can be a great boon to caregivers facing an unexpected lifestyle change. Support groups can provide you with the following advantages:

  • A safe and supportive environment to discuss concerns
  • The benefit of sharing knowledge and strengths
  • Share knowledge of informational and educational programs
  • Help each other develop methods and skills for solving problems
Contact your local senior services agency to find a support groups in your community, or go to to the Aging and Disability Resource Connection and enter your zip code or county and the keyword "grandchildren" in the search box.

Grandparenting from a Distance

Suggested Reading list for Grandparents - books addressing topics of interest for grandparents

Children’s Reading List  (pdf.)- books, for children of all ages, that relate to children raised by grandparents and/or children who have lost a loved one


AARP GrandCare Toolkit – Links to a variety of articles, services and resources related to grandparents raising grandchildren including  legal, financial, health, and education.

Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion – CNPP develops and promotes dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers.

The Chapel Hill Training-Outreach Project, Inc. – Programs and strategies to enhance the lives of children and families, especially families in poverty, families caring for older adults, children with disabilities or chronic illness, and children at risk of abuse and neglect.

Children, Youth, and Families Education and Research Network – An Extension Service website with a section devoted to grandparents raising grandchildren, including sections for the general public, professionals, and researchers.

Empowering Caregivers – Resources, tools, education, support, chat rooms, and message boards for the family caregiver.

Facts for Families – The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry provides current information on numerous family issues.

Family Support America (FRCA) – Articles and information to promote strengthening and supporting families.

Generations United – Information and advocacy relating to grandparent caregivers plus a very good biennial conference.

Grandparents Resource Center – Helps families to negotiate with the system to re-connect children in foster care with their biological families.

Oregon Helps! – A multilingual tool that checks eligibility for 28 Oregon social service programs simultaneously, assisting those who want to privately and confidentially check their potential eligibility before doing the application paperwork.

University of Wisconsin Extension Service – Website for the national grandparents raising grandchildren teleconferences.


Content Contact:  Sally Bowman