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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust NZ

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    GRG is a charitable trust providing support to grandparents and other whanau / kin caregivers who are raising their grandchildren/whanau children full-time in New Zealand since 2001. 

    COVID-19 Update: GRG is also an essential services provider in the Social Services sector and continues to provide support, information and advocacy services via phone, email, social media and video conferencing. Our caregiver education workshops are suspended under Alert Levels 3 & 4, with limited available under Level 2, and resuming their regular schedule under Level 1. Our website at contains helpful information for caregivers at this time. See our COVID-19 information pages.

    Our objective is to support and empower families to achieve positive life outcomes through support services and education programmes that help to protect, preserve and promote the wellbeing and stability of children and their grandparents/kin carers in circumstances where they cannot be raised by their parent/s.

    Our National Support Office services include:

    • an 0800 GRANDS (0800 472637) helpline
    • Outreach and Advocacy Service for caregivers needing help navigating issues that may involve Oranga Tamariki, Work and Income, Family Court, Mental Health
    • Bi-monthly newsletter via email and post
    • New member caregiver information packs
    • Website and Facebook information and contact us/messaging service for enquiries
    • Emergency care packs
    • Caregiver education workshops
    • Local volunteer GRG Support Coordinators who also provide support to members throughout New Zealand

    Click here for more information about support in your area.


    • Community Outreach and Specialist Advocate Service supporting caregivers dealing with a range of issues including dealing with Work and Income New Zealand, Oranga Tamariki, Family Court, mental health, parenting and child behavioural support strategies
    • General caregiver support and a listening ear
    • Linking and referrals to other services and agency providers where applicable




    Educational & Support Services
    • Caregiver education programme
    • Advocacy and support service
    • Financial / income support information
    • Dealing with the Family Court, parenting disputes and legal guardianship issues
    • Parenting advice and behavioural support and strategies
    • Information resource packs

    Our Caregiver Education programmes are specifically tailored to meet the needs of grandparents and whanau caregivers who are raising their grandchildren/mokopuna or someone else's child within their wider family or whanau, hapu, iwi. They focus on providing easy to understand strategies for understanding and managing challenging behaviour; often the result of trauma the children have experienced before coming into care.

    Abuse and violence support



    Age groups

    • Child / Tamariki
    • Youth / Rangatahi
    • Older adult / Kaumātua
    • Adult / Pakeke