Are you apart of the 2.5 million grandparents who are raising their grandchildren in the United States?
PANAMA CITY — Maxine Cecil, 66, has been the primary caregiver for her granddaughter Serenity since she was a day old.
The girl’s mother, Cecil’s daughter, was never interested in raising Serenity, Cecil said, and her father was never in the picture. So Cecil and her husband did what everyone told her she was too old to do: raise a little girl.
“My husband was 18 years younger than me, and he loved her to death,” Cecil recalled. “He’d play the guitar, and that little girl would be bouncing up and down.”
“She wants to be a rock star,” Cecil added. “She can really belt it out.”
Cecil is one of a growing number of grandparents raising their grandchildren as the primary caregiver. According to statistics provided by AARP, there are over 2.5 million grandparents raising grandchildren in the United States. In Bay County in 2014, about 8.5 percent of children were living with a grandparent.