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More than 60,000 grandchildren are currently living in the care of grandparents in Massachusetts. These grandchildren typically reside in either skipped-generation households (households in which the child's parent is not present) or in shared grandparenting households (households where the parent is present but the grandparent claims primary responsibility for the grandchild). Nearly 2% (29,000) of all children under 18 living in family households in Massachusetts are living in skipped-generation households. Another 2.4% (38,000) are living in shared-grandparenting households. These households often have major differences from each other and can have very different implications for the grandchild (ren) and grandparent(s) involved.


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