This pilot study reports the baseline data of a prospective longitudinal study examining the educational achievements of grandchildren being raised by grandparents in parent absent homes. The baseline data includes 117 grandchildren in grades K-12 in two school districts in a southeastern state. School records reporting 2,230 grades were examined for grade point average (GPA) and attendance for K-12 and conduct in grades K-5. The majority of the grandchildren achieved A/B averages. There were no significant differences between gender, pre-care experiences, placement by welfare agencies or paternal involvement across years of schooling. GPAs were lower in the grandchildren who had been exposed to drugs in-utero across the school trajectory in math, languages arts, science and conduct.
LaComb-Davis, Phd, APRN, CPNP-PC, M.,
Patton, MSW, M.,
Pawl, PhD, RN, OCN, CNE, J.
(2019). A Pilot Study: Baseline Educational Achievements of Children Raised by Grandparents in a Kinship Care Program. GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy, 5 (2).
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