Sheila McHale

Sheila McHale

Minister for Disability Services; Tourism; Culture and the Arts; Consumer Protection

    New guide a boost for grandfamilies

    11/01/2005 2:36 PM

    Western Australian grandparents who are raising grandchildren are to be supported with a new guide released today by the Gallop Government.

    Seniors’ Minister Sheila McHale said Grandfamilies: A Resource Guide for Western Australian Grandparents Raising Grandchildren was a practical guide for grandparent carers to help them meet their grandchildren’s needs.

    An estimated 3,500 children in WA are being raised by grandparents or other extended family members.

    Ms McHale said the guide responded to a need for information identified by grandparents themselves.

    “It is clear that parenting the second time around presents unique challenges for grandparents and some have a tough time, while dedicated to providing a stable environment for children whose parents are unable to care for them,” the Minister said.

    “Grandparents need help in balancing the significant impact their new responsibilities have on their own lifestyles, as well as assistance with child development, education, emotional, medical and legal issues.

    “This practical guide covers information on topics including finances, support, parenting, legal issues and more, and points the way to sources of advice and help.”

    The Minister said the reasons children were cared for in grandfamilies were complex, but could include teenage pregnancy, unemployment, substance abuse, child abuse and neglect, mental illness, imprisonment or death.

    For a free copy of the guide telephone the Seniors Telephone Information Service on 9328 9155 or 1800 671 233 (free for country callers). The guide is also available online at

    Minister's office: 9213 6900