Bill backed by Senator Casey offers support to grandparents raising their grandchildren

Casey says more than 100,000 Pennsylvania children are being raised by their grandparents.

Molly Daly
June 29, 2018 - 3:30 pm
Casey Grandparents Bill

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- At the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging on Friday, Senator Bob Casey hosted a roundtable discussion of the challenges faced by grandparents who, because of the surging drug crisis, are now raising their children's children. Casey is a co-sponsor of a bipartisan bill that aims to provide them with help. 

Casey says more than 100,000 Pennsylvania children are being raised by their grandparents, who are suddenly dealing with issues they'd never imagined. 

"They need to find legal help," Casey said, "they need to find information about the school system, or about accessing health care services or mental health."

That's where the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act comes in.

"This bill is one of the ways we've gotta get people the information they need in that moment of crisis," Casey said. "Because of their act of love, they're taking on a lot more responsibility."

Casey says it's not just one family's problem.

"This is a major challenge for the country," he said, "and we're all in this together."

The bill awaits the president's signature.