According to recent Census Bureau information, Arizona ranks fourth in the nation for the number of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, the majority of whom are below the age of 60.
Trends also point to an increasing number of grandparents who will continue to assume the role of primary caregiver to their grandchildren.
As primary caregiver, grandparents face many challenges involving custody, adoption, guardianship and foster care of their grandkids.
AARP recognizes that there is a need to provide assistance to grandparents to help them find financial assistance, child care, school enrollment or health care coverage for their grandchildren.
AARP established its Grandparent Information Center (GIC) as a resource for grandparents to assist with locating programs and services that may help them.
The GIC also offers a database where grandparents can search for grandparent support groups in their area.
"The bottom line is that grandparents are not alone," said AARP Arizona State Director David Mitchell. "There is assistance available, and the AARP Grandparent Information Center is a good place to start."
For more information about the AARP Grandparent Information Center, visit www.aarp.org/life/grandparents/ grandparentresources or call (888) OUR-AARP.