Northwestern Illinois

Area Agency on Aging


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren 


In northwestern Illinois, over 4,500 grandparents are raising their grandchildren because the parents are unable to care for the child for a number of reasons including: death, illness, divorce, incarceration, neglect, and unemployment. 

To speak with someone about services available for grandparents raising grandchildren, contact your provider sites by clicking here. 


The following are some of the services available to grandparents raising grandchildren:


Education and Training 

Grandparent forums, conferences and other educational programs are available at various times throughout the year.


Temporary respite care

Respite care provides grandparents the opportunity to take break from caregiving with the assistance of licensed child care agencies. Click here for your provider site 


Grandparent support groups

Attend a group for support, sharing ideas, and learning coping skills (Click here to find a local grandparent support group)


Legal Services

Grandparents can receive free legal assistance on all civil matters (Click here to get more information about legal services)


Emergency Assistance
Emergency assistance (or gap filling service) is available to  provide a safety net of essential help for temporary and essential medical, housing, legal, homemaker and other assistance as needed. Click here for your provider site