Date of Award

Spring 2017

Document Type

Poster Session

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Caroline

Second Advisor

Shanti

Keywords

Thinking Matters

Abstract

According to the 2003 U.S Census approximately 2.4 million children are being raised solely by their Grandparents(Bunch, Eastman, & Griffin, 2007). With this number steadily increasing it is imperative that a greater understanding be developed to understand the social and psychological factors that lead grandparents to become kinship providers. This study examined the psychological and social factors that grandparent kinship providers experience impacting their lives on multiple levels. The Adoptive Foster Families of Maine and the Kinship Program was contacted and allowed the researcher to reach out to grandparent kinship providers who were interested in the study to conduct semi-structured interviews and distribute surveys.

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