Grandparents As Parents Program


During emergency circumstances, including natural disasters or pandemics, challenges are amplified for Kinship Families and Grandfamilies. Recognizing this, the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (SGRG) Advisory Council developed a COVID-19/Emergency Preparedness Resource Guide (link below).

COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness Resource Guide


Since it began in 2000, the Knoxville-Knox County Grandparents as Parents Program has provided support, information, and referrals to community resources. There is no age or income requirement to join the free program.

If you want to become a member or are interested in more information, call the CAC Office on Aging at 524-2786.

Click here to download the Grandparents as Parents Guidebook, second edition.

About the Program

In August 2000, the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee’s Office on Aging created the Grandparents as Parents Program to address the unique needs of grandparent and relative caregivers raising children whose parents were unable to care for them.

The Grandparents as Parents Program was one of the first in Tennessee to recognize the caregiver’s need for information, support, and resources. By “parenting again,” grandparents and relative caregivers keep families together, provide safe homes, and avoid foster home placement of the children.

The Grandparents as Parents Program provides educational support meetings, community outreach, and information and referrals for:

  • Parenting Again
  • Benefits
  • Custody, Guardianship, and Adoption
  • Resources for Financial Assistance
  • Health and Mental Health Services for Adults and Children
  • Resources for Housing
  • Resources for Legal Services

Download a Power of Attorney for the Care of a Minor Child form here.