Montana State University

MSU Extension
Family & Human DevelopmentMontana State University
316 Herrick Hall
PO Box 173540 
Bozeman, MT 59717-3540

 

For information on all Extension, Family & Human Development programs, contact:

Sheryl Knowles
Phone: (406) 217-4885
sknowles@montana.edu

Deborah Albin
Phone: (406) 994-5099
Fax: (406) 994-2013
deborah.albin@montana.edu

 

Today, in Montana, more than 6,600 grandparents are raising their grandchildren without parental involvement.

These children often come to them because of family crisis and the grandparents are often ill-equipped to deal with the emotional, physical, financial and social hardships of raising children “a second time around”. 

There are numerous reasons for the increase in this grandparent-led family form and often the reasons are intertwined: parental substance abuse, physical or mental health problems, financial difficulties, teen pregnancy, incarceration, death and deployment. The issue cuts across all socioeconomic and racial/ethnic groups.

The Montana Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Project, the only one of its kind in the state, was founded in 2002 to offer these caregivers support, education and access to resources so they can live happier, healthier lives and can, in turn, raise children who know emotional and physical safety, excel in school and social situations and are prepared to take on the challenges of their new life. 

The Montana Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Project focuses on grandparent well-being, providing research-based resources and support to manage the physical and emotional stress of kinship caregiving.

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The Montana GRG Project in the News

Our Two Cents: Salute Area's Grandparents Raising Kids
Great Falls Tribune, February 26, 2014

MSU Program Helps Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren
Bozeman Daily Chronicle, August 5, 2012