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Illinois State Information

In Illinois, approximately over 288,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers. Additionally, over 103,000 grandparents reported having their grandchildren living with them.

The state of Illinois Department on Aging and the Illinois Task Force on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren works to providing grandparent headed families with resources, education, and assistance. Through a grant from the Brookdale Foundation in the late 1990’s and further legislative support, assistance for grandparents as parents is possible.

Illinois offers a diverse range of services, support, and assistance for relative care families. Through public and private partnerships the state has been able to place many children with relatives, and prevent their entrance into the foster system.

By the Numbers
  • Over 288,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers.
  • Over 103,000 grandparents report having their grandchildren living with them.
Grandparent Visitation

Download the Grandparent Visitation information here (current as of 8/1/11)

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