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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Learn more about the Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.

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About the commission

In July 2008, the Child Advocate bill established the Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. This legislation calls for "a permanent commission on the status of grandparents raising grandchildren which consists of 15 persons who have demonstrated a commitment to grandchildren."

July 8, 2008 The Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren was established
10,400 Massachusetts estimates that over 10,400 children in the Commonwealth living without their biological parent present are being raised by their grandparents. [1]

Purpose and responsibilities

The Commission's primary purpose is to serve as a "resource to the commonwealth on issues affecting grandparents raising grandchildren, and relatives, other than parents, raising kin.”

Its main responsibilities include:

  • Creating unity between grandparents raising grandchildren through communities and organizations in the commonwealth.
  • Supporting cooperation and sharing of information
  • 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.
  • Giving advice to executive and legislative bodies of the potential effect of proposed legislation on grandparents raising grandchildren, as the commission deems necessary and appropriate.
  • Identifying issues that grandparents and all relatives who are raising children face.

Meetings

Commission meetings are open to the public.

The Commission usually meets the second Wednesday of every month 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Executive Office of Elder Affairs located at One Ashburton Place 5th Floor in Boston, MA, or at various other locations around the state. 

Visit the Executive Office of Elder Affairs' Events Page for upcoming agendas and details.

Additional Resources

Contact

To contact the Commission: 

Mail: Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

c/o Colleen Pritoni, GRG Coordinator, 600 Washington Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02111

Email: colleen.pritoni@state.ma.us

Telephone: 617-748-2454 

Source: [1] As of 2014 according to the American Community Survey 5 Year Census .gov 2011-2015

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