So many have asked that question but noone has the answer. I am the legal Guardian of my 4 grandchildren. My wife and I have plenty of resouirces to care for ourselves. As you know dinner for two is much less than dinner for 6.
For ten years Ihave been reading about the efforts and plans to provide Grandparents financial support for being guardians of their Grandchildren. The level of financial support has been equated with that of a foster parent which in my area can equal 500-600 per child. I do not need nor want that money for myself. My wife and I give all we have to providing a home and care for the children.
We are blessed to be a part of their lives.
But, the house is too large to care for. We spend 2,000 on food per month with coupons. We both need glasses and other necessities.
And guess what? I am still hearing someone is going to do something to help these grandparents and the children.
The answer is. Your not going to get financial assistance for them as long as you have enough resources to take care yourself.
You are on a computer so search specific to your state and county, it changes all over WI and I am sure it is the same in other parts of the US. SNAP benefits are Federal so do an application for those online. Good Luck
I am reading of the rise in grandparents taking on the responsibility of raising their grandchildren for multiple reasons. Retirement was on my horizon, but the good Lord has other plans for my family. Obviously, my work will have to change (no more traveling), so then my income shall. Where does anyone get financial asissistance for needed help. My grandchildren are two! Daycare is horrendously expensive and I have at least 3 more years of it.
Hello KKilpatr: Thank you for your post. This sounds like a tremendous re-charting of your course; two-year-olds bring so much joy but also require so much energy. Your grandchildren are fortunate to have you.
Not sure of your location, but I would suggest looking into your local senior center for a group that supports grandparents raising granchildren. It's invaluable to connect with others who are in similar circumstances and can save you oodles of time in seeking out referrals, legal guidance, and resources. Programs vary dramatically by state and region, so they can hopefully help you from reinventing the wheel.
And yes, for Pete's sake, daycare is prohibitively expensive! Our community has many day cares that offer reduced rates and scale their fees for certain families. It cannot hurt to ask when you are considering your local daycare providers. Bartering childcare with other families may be an option while the children are little (a co-op of sorts....this was a lifesaver for us when our daughter was little and our bank account was littler). At a minimum, that could buy you some time for zero cost.
My lawyer hat is always on, so I know this wasn't part of your post, but wanted to mention the following: as you undertake guardianship for the grandkids, consider putting a plan in place for their care if you should become incapacitated or pass away. Although incredibly difficult to think about, doing so can help the heartache, stress, uncertainty and expense for your loved ones in the face of a crisis. Declaring preneed guardians/appointing them in a will, preparing health care surrogate forms for minors, creating trusts, naming beneficiaries on your assets, are just some examples of ways you can plan.
I'm wishing you the best of luck and please check back in to let us know how you're doing!
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