For most grandparents, raising their grandchildren is the result of an unexpected and traumatic event that requires a significant readjustment to their lives and the lives of their grandchildren.
Founded in 1999 and established as a charitable trust in 2001, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust New Zealand is a unique organisation that has a deep understanding of both the long-term benefits for grandchildren being raised by their grandparents and the challenges it can present.
GRG provides specialist support services to over 6,000* full time grandparent and other whānau care families - representing over 9,000 carers raising over 16,000 children and young people in New Zealand. [*September 2022]
These services are focused on strengthening and empowering grandparent and whānau care families so that they can raise resilient and healthy tamariki and rangatahi.
"The grandparents take on the care of their grandchildren because they believe it is best for them to to be brought up within the family. But they do this while enduring huge personal sacrifice, stress and ongoing challenges - financially, physically and emotionally. Many of the children have special needs and suffer from psychological damage. The grandparents who take on these traumatized children need considerable help and support.
Our objectives are to help them by providing them with much needed support and information empowering them to provide a safe, nurturing and supported home environment that will also promote their ongoing well-being and development. " Diane Vivian, QSO Founder