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The national GrandRally provides grandfamilies and their supporters with an opportunity to raise awareness about the need for policies that support relative caregivers and the children in their care.


Past GrandRallies have created momentum for additional help for grandparents and other relatives raising children. As the GrandRally sponsors prepare for the GrandRally, share your concerns about caring for your grandchildren, nieces and nephews and others by emailing


We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on September 15th.


GrandRally 2011 Focus: Social Security

This year's GrandRaly will focus on the important role Social Security plays in supporting grandfamilies. The official rally policy priorities provide additional resources on other federal policies that are key to helping grandparents and other relatives caring for children. 

Benefits for All
Social Security is far more than a retirement program. It provides vital protections for families spans all ages, from infants to retirees. Almost one third of the more than 50 million people who receive Social Security benefits today are younger than age 65.


More than 6.5 million children in the United States receive part of their family income from Social Security through survivors, retirement, and disability benefits. Social Security pays more benefits to children than any other federal program. In the event of death or disability of a caregiver, it covers 98 percent of all children.

Social Security Protects Children and Families


* 3.1 million children younger than 18 receive Social Security benefits as dependents of deceased, disabled or retired workers.

* While not receiving benefits themselves, 3.4 million children younger than 18 live in households in which at least one relative receives Social Security benefits to meet their needs.

* Among children in families who received Social Security, approximately 42 percent, or more than 2.7 million children, would have been considered poor based on family income other than Social Security. With the additional benefits, the poverty rate among these children is reduced to 22.5 percent, or less than 1.5 million.


Social Security: What's at Stake for Children, Youth, and Grandfamilies (PDF)
The Benefits of Social Security for Grandfamilies (PDF)
The Benefits of Social Security for Children (PDF)
Children and Families Have a Stake in Social Security (PDF)
National Academy of Social Insurance 

GrandRally 2011 Policy Priorities