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Help for Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren.



Kent State University and Arizona State University are conducting a nationwide survey to improve the health and well-being of families where grandmothers are raising adolescent grandchildren in the absence of the child's birth parents. The findings should lead to better services for these families and improve their quality of life. Known as Project CONNECT, this program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (1R01AG054571-01A l) and approved by the Internal Review Board of Kent State University.



Families will receive a tablet computer, which they can keep after participating. Grandmothers and grandchildren who finish the study will also receive $150.00 apiece.  Those completing the daily diaries will receive an additional $126.00, and those completing telephone interviews will receive another $30.  PROJECT CONNECT is provided FREE online to both grandmothers and their grandchildren (ages 12 to 18).  Participation involves the following: 

  • Completing a survey before the program;
  • Watching self-paced videos over a 10-week period;
  • Completing a survey after the program
  • Completing follow-up surveys 3, 6, and 9 months following the program;
  • Some grandmothers and grandchildren may also be asked to complete daily surveys or a telephone interview. 

Please share this information with any students of 12 to 18 who are being raised by grandparentsInterested families can contact Project CONNECT either toll-free 855-260-2433 or by email at

Thank you in advance for your kind assistance and support!

Dr. Gregory C. Smith

Lifespan Development and Education Services

Kent State University

Dr. Frank J. Infurna

Department of Psychology

Arizona State University