On July 8, 2008 the Child Advocate bill was signed into law which included the establishment of the Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. (Section 1 of Chapter 176, the Acts of 2008 M.G.L. Chapter 3, section 69. This legislation calls for "a permanent commission on the status of grandparents raising grandchildren which consists of 11 persons who have demonstrated a commitment to grandparents."

The Commission's primary purpose is to serve as a "resource to the commonwealth on issues affecting grandparents rain's responsibilities include:

  • Fostering unity among grandparents raising grandchildren, communities and organizations in the commonwealth, by promoting cooperation and sharing of information and encouraging collaboration and joint activities;
  • Serving as a liaison between government and private interest groups with regard to the unique interest and concern of grandparents raising grandchildren;
  • Advising executive and legislative bodies of the potential effect of proposed legislation on grandparents raising grandchildren, as the commission deems necessary and appropriate;
  • And identifying issues that are faced by relatives, other than parents, who are raising children.

Currently, the Commission meets monthly and the meetings are open to the public. For meeting dates, please check the EOEA website at: www.mass.gov/elders.

Contact the Commission

Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
c/o Executive Office of Elder Affairs
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
email: grandparents@capecoalition.com
phone: (to leave a message) Executive Office of Elder Affairs 617-727-7750 or Department of Children and Families 617-748-2000