Grandparents “Trading Sedans for Minivans”

Instead of easing into retirement, many American grandparents are becoming parents all over again—raising grandchildren orphaned by the opioid crisis.
The trend is especially pronounced in rural, low-income white families living in states heavily burdened with substance abuse deaths, Census Bureau data show.
Many grandparents are ill-prepared, financially and otherwise for the task. “Retired folks find themselves trading their sedans for minivans, moving out of their adult-only communities, and searching for work” to make ends meet, writes Andrew Van Dam.
But there is an upside: Compared to children who wind up in foster care, grandparent-raised kids are mentally and physically healthier, research shows.

The Washington Post

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