In Alabama, children are often cared for by their grandparents or other relatives. However, the number of relatives over age 55 who are the primary caregivers for children is on the rise. According to the AARP, there has been a drastic increase in the number of senior child caregivers during the past five years. Senior caregivers often need resources in order to meet the needs of the children in their care.
An exciting partnership between the Central Alabama Aging Consortium and Family Guidance Center of Alabama produced a program designed to provide supportive services for Seniors who provide custodial care for children under the age of 18. The Senior Child Caregiver Program serves Seniors who are 55 years and older who reside in the counties of Montgomery, Elmore, and Autauga. Services available include:
- Information and Referral Services
- Assistance with respite
- Support Group and Educational Opportunities
- Help with “parenting the second time around”
- Health information
- Kids and Kin Program Activities