• Grandparents:  In New York State, about 13,000 grandparents are raising their grandchildren.  If you are a grandparent raising grandchildren there are grants available that can ease the financial strain of parenting a second time around.  There are special public assistance grants where eligibility is based solely on the child's income and resources- not the adult's.  The grants average about $400.00 per month for the first child, and $150.00 per month for each additional child.  For more information, call the New York State Kinship Navigator at 1-877-454-6463 (toll free), or visit