Contact Information 
District Office
1 West Broad Street
Suite 100
Hazleton, PA 18201
Phone: (570) 453-1344
Fax: (570) 459-3946
Hours:  8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m
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Capitol Office
B-14 Main Capitol
PO Box 202116
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2116
Phone: (717) 260-6136
Phone (Toll-Free): 855-282-0611

Fax: (717) 782-2921
 
Help for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
There are an estimated 82,000 grandparents in Pennsylvania who are the sole caregivers for nearly 89,000 grandchildren, and many of them are struggling with that responsibility. Two new state laws were enacted in October 2018 that will provide some assistance to these loving grandparents.

Act 88 of 2018 grants temporary guardianship to grandparents when the parents of the grandchildren are unable to care for them primarily due to substance abuse issues.

Act 89 of 2018 will establish the Kinship Caregiver Navigator Program, an informational resource that would operate both as a website and a toll-free hotline. The website will offer information on support and services available, and a specially trained navigator will provide support and guidance, and serve as a mediator to establish relationships between kinship caregivers and government agencies.

Once the Kinship Caregiver Navigator Program is up and running, a link will be posted here, on my website. In the meantime, we have put together the following list of information and services available to grandparents raising grandchildren.

The Legal Issues of Raising Grandkids 

When Grandparents Can Seek Custody 

NEPA Intergenerational Coalition of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren 

Resources for Caregivers of Children 

Luzerne County Children and Youth Services 

Enrolling a Child into School 

PA Department of Education Support Services 

Luzerne County Head Start

Early Intervention Services 

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) 

Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)