chapter  8
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Mutual Exchange Within Skipped Generation Households: How Grandfamilies Support One Another

With approximately 4.5 million infants, children, and teens being raised in skipped generation households (Roberto & Qualls, 2003) it stands to reason that there is no single experience defining the “grandfamily.” In an effort to understand this increasingly common familial structure, growing numbers of researchers are focusing on grandfamilies. Helping professionals recognize the unique circumstances of this population and the need to provide grandfamilies with targeted interventions and support. Research has helped to document

and address some of the challenges faced by grandfamilies, such as health, custodial, education, and financial issues. Unfortunately with so much attention to the problems common to grandfamilies, little has been documented about how to help build upon their strengths and recognize the families’ existing resources in the households.