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West Alabama Regional Commission- Area Agency on Aging

Alabama Cares Grandparent Program

Eligibility:

  • Grandparent/Relative Caregiver ( age 55 + ) caring for child/children age 18 and younger
  • Grandparent/Relative Caregiver ( age 55 + ) caring for child/children with a severe disability
  • * Priority* shall be given to grandparents or older individuals who are relative caregivers providing care for children with severe disabilities.

Terms:

  • Child- An individual who is not more than 18 years of age.
  • Grandparent or other relative caregiver of a child: a grandparent, step grandparent or other relative of a child by blood or marriage, who is 55 years of age or older and-

* A. Lives with the child

* B. Is the primary caregiver of the child because the biological or adoptive parent/parents are unable or unwilling to serve as the primary caregiver of the child

* C. Has a legal relationship to the child, such as legal custody or guardianship, or is raising the child informally

Income:

  • This program is not income based- However cost share and donations are accepted.

5 Service Categories:

  • A. Caregiver Information- Provide public and individual with information on resources and services available.
  • B. Caregiver Access Assistance- Assist grandparents in obtaining access to the service and resources available within their community. This service links individuals to the services and opportunities that are available within their community.
  • C. Caregiver Education- Counseling/education to Grandparents to assist them in making decisions and solving problems relating to their grandparent role.
  • D. Caregiver Respite- * Grandchild must live with Grandparent/relative caregiver to qualify for this service* Offer temporary, substitute support or living arrangements for child in order to provide a brief period of relief or rest for grandparent caregiver.
  • E. Caregiver Supplemental Service- * Grandchild must live with grandparent/relative caregiver to qualify for this service* Services provided on a limited basis to complement the care provided by grandparent/relative.

All referrals or questions contact Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC)

205-333-2990 or 1-800-AGE-LINE

 

         

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