What are

The common definition for Grandfamiles are families where the children are being raised by grandparents.  If you’re a grandaparent raising your grandchild(ren) . . . then you are a grandfamily!


West Virginia has the second highest percentage
of grandparents raising grandkids in the country.


What are some of the challenges

With the ever‐evolving school curriculum, the continual integration of technology, and increasing academic demands, grandparents and their children are at a significant disadvantage when it comes to effectively navigating the education system. This is extremely overwhelming for grandparents who are working with young children, or even older children who are preparing to graduate and go off to college.

Our vision is that children living in grandfamilies will find
success as students so they become life‐long learners.
What are our goals?

Success in school is a huge concern for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Our program will provide these children and families with specialized weekly tutoring and academic advising. Our primary goal for the Grandfamilies United program is to provide academic support services to children who live with their grandparents.

What’s our mission?

The mission of Grandfamilies United is to provide academic tutoring and support services to children living in grandfamilies.

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Help Support GFU!

We need your support. No one else is going to step up and help address these issues. The support you provide will allow the AFL‐CIO Appalachian Council, Inc. to continue to develop and administer socially‐ conscious programs throughout Appalachia.

As you can imagine, in order to make a program like GrandFamilies United possible, we need funders like you who are committed to making a difference in the lives of others. The AFL‐CIO Appalachian Council Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. A portion of GFU proceeds will be used for general administrative costs.

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