Being the grandparent of a child with developmental disabilities can feel like unknown territory. Whether it is in giving support, or getting it, it can be helpful to know what resources exist specifically for grandparents:
If you are raising your grandchild with developmental disabilities:
Most counties in Washington have support groups for grandparents and other relatives who are raising children. Washington State Department of Social and Health Services has a list of support groups located across Washington State.
DSHS Kinship Care
Over 35,000 people in Washington State are caring for a relative’s child. The services offered under DSHS Kinship Care include Kingship Navigators, health care, child care and other assistance. (Go to Kinship Care web page)
If you are raising your grandchild or want to know more about how you can help support your grandchild with developmental disabilities:
Grandparents of Kids with Special Needs (GKSN) Website
The Sibling Support Project and Kindering Center have developed the GKSN website to give grandparents an opportunity to meet other grandparents through their Yahoo or Facebook groups. This project offers a chance to share ideas for supporting their kids and grandkids with each other. (Go to this website)
Zero to Three for Grandparents
Zero to Three has some helpful information for all grandparents, but offers a concise brochure with information about identifying issues/challenges around a grandhild’s development that can be helpful. The brochure is available in English and Spanish.
Go to Grandparents Page | Get brochure in English | Get brochure in Spanish
Is there another resource you’d like to share or advice you’d like to give othe grandparents? Email us and let us know!