Congress passed a new law that was signed by President Trump on July 9 named The Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act. It is estimated that there are about 2.6 million grandchildren who are being raised by their grandparents primarily due to the high rise of substance abuse, especially opioid use, by their parents. The law aims to assist grandparents by providing a one-stop access to resources and services.
Raising grandchildren is a second-go-round for grandparents. It impacts them not only emotionally but also financially. One of the main sponsors of the Act was Senator Susan Collins of Maine who said that grandparents are coming to the rescue and providing a loving environment for grandchildren who are often very traumatized.
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