Fact Sheet

Project Healthy Grandparents (PHG) at Georgia State University provides support services to grandparents raising grandchildren when parents are absent from the home.

Census Data

As of year 2000, approximately 6.3% of U.S. children under 18 (4.5 million) were living in grandparent-headed households. In Georgia, a grandparent was the primary caregiver in more than 92,000 households, 36,993 of which were in the metro Atlanta area (source Census 2000)

Our Services

  • The program has served more than 800 families and over 1800 children.
  • Each family is assigned a social worker who makes home visits.
  • The social worker offers assessment, case management, support, counseling, advocacy and referral information.
  • Referrals to health resources or monthly visits by a nurse are provided for the well-being of the family members.
  • Grandparents meet twice a month for parenting education classes and support groups.
  • The Early Intervention Program works with children 0 – 5 years of age who have pre-natal exposure to drugs, alcohol, or HIV/AIDS and have developmental delays as a result.
  • All PHG services are provided free of charge to families for one year.

What We Have Learned

  • Most of the grandchildren in the project have been neglected, abused or abandoned by their biological parents, often due to substance abuse, death or incarceration.
  • The average age of the grandparents is 56.
  • Typical health problems of the grandparents include:
    High blood pressure
    Obesity
    Diabetes
    Poor nutrition
    Arthritis
    Psychological distress