Grandchild and grandmotherThe National Research Center on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren was established in 2001 at Georgia State University and is now a collaborative initiative between Georgia State and Western Michigan universities.

Our mission is to improve the well-being of grandparent-headed families by promoting best practices in community-based service delivery, and advancing the work of practitioners and scholars in the development, implementation and evaluation of new knowledge in the field.

The center brings together a diverse representation of practitioners and scholars to collaborate on the development of best practices for grandparent-headed families. In fulfilling its mission, the center seeks to:

  • Educate service providers on the needs and required resources of intergenerational families.
  • Encourage the replication of best practice strategies to support better outcomes for children, families and communities across the nation.
  • Influence new scholarship that merges the fields of aging, child welfare and family research in the context of intergenerational caregiving.

The center is at the forefront of fostering collaboration among scholars and service providers working to effect positive social change for grandparents raising grandchildren.