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There are many grandparents who take responsibility caring for their grandchildren who may have a disability. Grandparents can help by:

  • Providing a loving environment while respecting the role of the parents
  • Ask the parents how you can help
  • Find out what your grandchild likes to do
  • Be understanding and open to learning about your grandchild’s support, needs and prioritie
  • Share your experience


Many grandparents take on the role as the primary carer. There are many support groups available for grandparent carers.

Links to help:

Government support -

Seniors information service -

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren -

The Australian Government -

The Family Assistance Office -

Grandparents of Children with Autism -

Grandparents raising grandchildren with developmental disabilities -

Aging Horizons study -

Samaritans Kinship Care -

Grandparents Plus (UK) -

Grandparents for Grandchildren SA -


Department of Education Grandparent childcare benefit