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Grandparents as caregivers

Thursday, September 8, 2011

SIKESTON -- More and more grandparents today are raising their grandchildren.

New census data shows a 9 percent increase in the white population and 2 percent increase in the black population. One in 10 grandchildren is now being raised by their grandparents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Ruth Dockins, who serves as the public information director for Southeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging, said it's the grandparents raising their grandchildren who are her heroes.

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