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When grandma and grandpa become guardian-parents of the grandkids

Some grandparents are finding themselves becoming surrogate parents to their grandchildren. When a grandparent becomes the guardian of grandchildren in Canada, the lives of all involved are forever changed. There a many reasons why some grandparents are known as "skip generation" grandparents, but the main reason is that their own kids aren't able or available to care for their own children.

In fact, the 2016 census in Canada showed that three out of 10 kids were living in a single-parent family or a step family. Some of these children are living with their grandparents. It may be that their parents are deceased, may not be capable of parenting or may be incarcerated, so some older folks who were empty nesters once again have full houses. 

The skip-a-generation family is on the rise in Canada. Census figures showed that 32,520 kids 14 years old and younger were living full time with their grandparents. That figure increased from about 25,245 in the 2001 census -- about a 29 percent increase. But these skip-a-generation grandparents say there is much peace of mind caring for their grandchildren -- making sure they're safe, loved and in good physical and emotional condition.

Guardianship in Ontario can be an involved process. Those who find themselves in a position to become a guardian to young children or to an elderly person should consult with a lawyer experienced in wills and estate law in Canada. A lawyer will be able to explain the legalities of guardianship and go over all the options available in the process.

Source: nationalpost.com, "Grandparents being pressed into service with ???skip-generation??? families on the rise", ??Sheryl Ubelacker??, Accessed on Aug. 25, 2017

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