Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren Study

The U.S. Census Bureau (2013) estimates that in North Carolina there are almost 27,000 households in which grandparents are living with one or more grandchildren with no parent present in the home.  In some cases this is a result of the death, incarceration or incapacitation of the child’s parents.  Although there is consistent evidence that the perception of adequate support is linked to health and emotional well-being, many grandmothers may not be able to receive support, or may not be satisfied with the support they do receive.

The College of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services is conducting a study of the social support received by local grandmothers who are raising their grandchildren.  Insights received through open-ended interviews will later be used to develop a demonstration pilot intervention in which facilitators will work directly with grandmothers to determine individual needs, establish goals and choose effective, goal-oriented strategies to decrease grandmother’s isolation and increase sources of help.

Dr. Julian Montoro-Rodriguez ( is the primary investigator and Dr. Judy Walsh ( is the project director.  We are actively seeking local grandmothers to include in our study.  Here are a few helpful resources.