GrandUnderstandings

Thank you for visiting our GrandUnderstandings Resource Hub. 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. 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 GrandUnderstanings 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.


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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Ohio Family Story: Grandfamilies…You Are Not Alone

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

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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Kinship Coalition resource

The Ohio Grandparent Kinship Coalition: Virtual Support Group for Kinship Caregivers

The Ohio Grandparent Kinship Coalition is a statewide organization that provides information and networking for caregivers taking care of children ...
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Ohio's Grandfamilies: Facts and Resources

Ohio’s Grandfamilies: Facts and Resources

This Ohio Fact Sheet from Grandfamilies.org (2017) provides information about the number of children in Ohio being raised by their ...
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Grandfather reading to two young grandchildren outside

AARP Guide for Grandparents Raising their Grandchildren

If you are just starting to care for a grandchild and support their education, or you have been for awhile, ...
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Ohio Parents and Caregivers -- Click Here to Apply to be on our Advisory Council in 2021 -- Applications Due November 26, 2020

We are now recruiting Ohio parents and caregivers of Ohio children from birth to grade 12 to be members of our advisory council beginning in January 2021!

Click here to download the English version of the application and share with families in your community.

Click here to download the Spanish version of the application and share with families in your community.

Applications are due by November 26, 2020, and can be emailed as an attachment to OhioSFEC@osu.edu.

To read more about the work of the council, visit our state advisory council web page.