Kinship caregivers are relatives who provide care for minor children. Grandfamilies are one of the forms of kinship caregiving, where biological grand or great-grandparents provide for the care of their grandchildren.

Thank you for visiting our GrandUnderstandings Resource Hub! The Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center’s GrandUnderstandings project is designed to provide resources to assist grandfamilies and the educators who support them. Click on the topics below to find grandfamily specific tools and resources.


This GrandUnderstandings infographic is a tool designed for you to use to increase your understanding of the school, community and agency resources that are available to support you as you raise your grandchild. It is available in 6 different languages below.

English, Spanish, Somali, Nepali, Chinese Simplified, Arabic

Research Brief

The Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center created this research brief to increase educator’s awareness of grandfamilies. When implemented, the tips and strategies contained in this brief can increase home and school connections, a sense of belonging and the capacity of grandfamilies and educators.

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Free Kinship Caregiver Support Group for Ohioans

Kinship Caregivers Connect offers weekly online support groups for kinship caregivers in Ohio where you can meet other caregivers and ...
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Grandparents and Kinship Caregivers in our Schools

In this video, Angela Provenzano, OSU Occupational Therapy doctoral student and Statewide Family Engagement Center intern, talks about the experiences ...
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Podcast: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

In this podcast, Angela Provenzano, OSU doctoral student in Occupational Therapy shares her personal grandfamily story and her experience leading ...
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Ohio’s Grand Understandings Project

The Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center’s GrandUnderstandings project is designed to provide resources to assist grandfamilies and the educators who ...
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Taking Care of Yourself While Raising Your Grandchildren

"If you suddenly find yourself raising your grandkids, you are not alone. There are 70 million grandparents living in the ...
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OhioKAN: Connecting Kinship Caregivers to Resources

Do you have grandparents or other kinship caregivers raising children in your school community who have outstanding needs? Research suggests ...
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Ohio Family Story: Grandfamilies…You Are Not Alone

“I got the phone call from the hospital that my baby was born,” said Pandora Pandora, a 2-time cancer survivor ...
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Ohio Family Story: From Grandparents to Grandfamily

This story captures the experiences of an Ohio grandfamily. Due to the sensitive nature of the story, the name Brenda ...
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