SOCIAL SCIENCES

Raising Grandkids: Inside Skip-Generation Families

Univ. of Regina. Aug. 2018. 212p. ISBN 9780889775541. pap. $14.95. SELF-HELP
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Garrison (Playwright's Survival Guide; Verticals and Horizontals) aims his book at grandparents who serve as full-time caregivers to grandchildren who would otherwise end up in foster care. Drawing from his own stories and those from other grandparents, the author talks about the joys and challenges of raising a grandchild, from battling case workers, dealing with aging, and yet finding a new vitality in living with young children. Particularly hard issues are the guilt and anger grandparents experience toward their own child, who is either unable or unwilling to care for their offspring. Add that to the red tape of child protective services, and being part of the skip generation can be an overwhelming job. Garrison imbues honesty and compassion into his writing, comforting those in similar situations.
VERDICT Recommended for social workers as well as grandparents raising their children's children.
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