Learning How to Best Support Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children During COVID-19

Grandparents and other relatives raising children are an essential resource  needed to ensure the health and well-being of our families. 

The National Grandfamilies Outcome Workgroup (GrOW) includes members with specialized content knowledge and experience from across systems (child welfare, aging, public health, mental health, legal, etc) who are committed to exploring the unique issues facing grandfamilies during COVID 19. This is an important story  to explore at this time so the kinship community can better understand how to best support grandfamilies.  

If you are a grandparent or other relative raising a child because the parents are unable to provide care, please take a few minutes to share with us your ideas  about how the kinship community can best support you at this time.

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* 2. Which county do you live in?

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* 3. What is your age?

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* 4. What is your race or ethnicity?

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* 5. How old are the relative children you are raising in your home?

  Age 0-5 Age 6-10 Age 11-15 Age 16-20 Age 21+
Child 1
Child  2
Child 3
Child 4
Child 5
Child 6

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* 6. How long have you been raising a relative's child?

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* 7. Which special issues impact your caregiving? Please check all that apply to you.

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* 8. Prior to COVID-19, how helpful were these supports for helping you raise your relative children?

  Not at all helpful Slightly helpful Somewhat helpful Moderately helpful Extremely helpful Not Applicable to me
In Person Support Groups for Grandparents or Other Relatives Raising Children
Online Support Groups for Grandparents or Other Relatives Raising Children
Facebooks Groups
Church, Synagogue or Other Religious Institutions 
Child's School
Child Care Centers and Day Cares
Child Welfare Organizations 
Pediatricians or other child physicians 
My primary care physician
Family
Friends
Neighbors
Kinship Navigator Programs
Community Based Organizations
Area Agencies on Aging 

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* 9. During COVID 19 (right now), how helpful are these supports for helping you raise your relative children?

  Not at all helpful Slightly helpful Somewhat helpful Moderately helpful Extremely helpful Not Applicable to me
In Person Support Groups for Grandparents or Other Relatives Raising Children 
Online Support Groups for Grandparents or Other Relatives Raising Children 
Facebooks Groups
Church, Synagogue or Other Religious Institutions 
Child's School
Child Care Centers and Day Cares
Child Welfare Organizations 
Pediatricians or other child physicians 
My primary care physician
Family
Friends
Neighbors
Kinship Navigator Programs 
Community Based Organizations 
Area Agencies on Aging 

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* 10. During COVID-19, have you experienced discrimination related to the following (please check all that apply)

  Not a problem Minor problem Moderate problem  Serious problem
My race and ethnicity
My child's race and ethnicity 
My country of origin 
As an Asian American or a person of Asian descent 
As Black or African American 
As Hispanic or Latino American 
My age
My sexual identity 
My gender expression
My religion
My immigration status 
My mental health 
My hearing impairment or deafness 
My vision impairment or blindness
My limited mobility 
My lower socio economic status 
My employment as a health care worker
My essential workforce status 
My political party affiliation
My status as a caregiver

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* 11. During COVID-19, where do you get credible information?

  Never Rarely  Sometimes Often  Always
Family
Friends
Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
Local Public Health Experts
Local government (mayor, council members)
Local Newspapers and news websites
Local radio news stations
Local television news stations
State Public Health Experts
State Newspapers and news websites
National Newspapers (USA Today, Wallstreet Journal, New York Times)
National Radio Networks
National Television Networks
Center for Disease Control and Other National Public Health Experts
State government (governor, state government officials)
US Congressional Leaders
US President and Administration
Other Countries World Leaders (Prime Minister, President, Head of State, etc.)
World Health Organization (WHO)

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* 12. During COVID 19, how have you connected with sources of support during these challenging times? Please check all that apply to you.

  Never Rarely Sometimes A moderate amount A great deal
Through text messaging with phone
Through voice call with phone 
Through video call with phone (Facetime)
Through social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
Through email
Through voice conference call with 2 or more people
Through video conference call with 2 or more people (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.)
Through a blog
Through an interactive website
Through personal contact face-to-face
I have had difficulty with securing support at this time

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* 13. During COVID-19, how would you prefer organizations to connect with you to support you?

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* 14. During COVID-19 please rate your interest in the following topics to help guide future support to grandfamilies:

  Essential Priority  High Priority  Moderate Priority  Neutral  Somewhat Priority Low Priority Not a Priority 
How COVID-19 impacts race and ethnicity differently 
Behavioral health and mental well-being during COVID-19
Housing and redefining home during COVID-19
Building support systems during COVID-19
Financial assistance and economic supports for my family during COVID-19 and beyond
Helping my children succeed in school from home
Keeping my family healthy and safe
Helping my family with grief and loss
Access to healthy food

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* 15. How has COVID-19 impacted the way you take care of yourself?

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* 16. How has COVID-19 impacted your sleep and/or sleep/wake cycle (your time asleep and awake)?

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* 17. During COVID 19, what best describes your experience with food insecurity, that is, not knowing where your next meal is coming from, or having to eat less than you need?

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* 18. During COVID 19, which barriers have you experienced related to food insecurity? Please check all that apply.

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* 19. During COVID 19, how would you describe your housing status?

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* 20. During COVID 19, how concerned are you with the following?

  Not at all a concern Slightly concerned Somewhat concerned  Moderately concerned  Extremely concerned 
Ability to pay utilities
Health care for myself
Health care for the children in my care