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NYC Office of Actuary NYC Department for the Aging
Grandparents Resource Center

An estimated 100,000 older New Yorkers are grandparent caregivers, having stepped in to raise their grandchildren or other young relatives in the absence of the children’s birth parents. If you’re one of these grandparent caregivers, the Department for the Aging’s Grandparent Resource Center (GRC) can help you with information, peer counseling, referral to community services and support groups specifically for seniors in your situation. The Center also offers empowerment training to enable you to better cope with the myriad challenges you face.

Call 311 to reach the Grandparent Resource Center.

Read more about the Grandparent Resource Center (in PDF)

New Resource for Grandparent Caregivers

Do you have primary responsibility for a grandchild or other young relative? A free 16-week workshop series for grandparent caregivers will begin in January in the Bronx and Manhattan. Developed by Cornell University's Cooperative Extension Program, PASTA (Parenting the Second Time Around) workshops offer tips and techniques on communicating effectively with children in your care and providing healthy meals for the family. Participants receive complimentary breakfast, transportation, training manuals and materials as well as a Certificate of Completion. All participants must attend the orientation.

Download the Bronx flyer for information about how to apply (in PDF)
Download the Brooklyn flyer for information about how to apply (in PDF)

Grandparent Support Groups

Many grandparent caregivers find strength and support from their peers in a grandparent support group. The Grandparent Resource Center helps community organizations develop support groups for grandparent caregivers throughout the five boroughs. The GRC also sponsors events for support group facilitators to exchange ideas, participate in specialized training and plan joint group events.

Locate a grandparent support group in your borough

Bronx    Brooklyn    Manhattan    Queens    Staten Island (in PDF)

You can also call the GRC to request a copy of the Center's Support Group Guide and Resource Directory.

Grandparent Photo Gallery

The Department for the Aging's Grandparent Photo Gallery honors the estimated 100,000 grandparents across the city who are raising their grandchildren. Portraits capture the special bond between grandparent caregivers and their grandchildren.

View Photo Gallery

Resources for Grandparent Caregivers

Free Breakfast and Lunch Programs. Your child may be eligible for free or lower price breakfasts and/or lunches at school. Ask someone in the office of your child's school what meal programs they offer and how to apply. You can also apply online at ACCESS NYC. Some schools, summer camps, churches and community groups serve free breakfasts and lunches to children during the summer.

Apply online at the start of the school year

Other Resources for Grandparent Caregivers

The Brooklyn Grandparents Coalition provides information about grandparent caregiver resources in Brooklyn.

The NYS Kinship Navigator allows caregivers to locate resources in the county where they live.

The Osborne Foundation offers programs for children of incarcerated parents.

Parks Department and Public Library Resources

New York City’s Parks Department and public libraries throughout the five boroughs offer many resources and programs for children. For more information, visit the following:

Parks Department recreation centers
Parks Department after-school program
NY Public Library resources for children and parents
NY Public Library homework help
Brooklyn Public Library for children and parents
Brooklyn Public Library homework help
Queens Public Library resources for children and parents