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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (2017)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2017-07-07

Duration: 00:10:52

Subjects: Grandparents as parents | Custody of children


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Cain, Francis Interviewee
  • Thibodeaux, Dot Interviewee
  • Spayde, Danna Interviewee


This segment from the July 7, 2017, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Andre Moreau’s report on the resources available for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Moreau reports that 12% of Louisiana children under the age of 18 live with their grandparents. He visits the Baton Rouge home of Francis Cain, a grandmother who is raising her five grandchildren. She discusses the experience of raising her grandchildren and the support she receives from Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Moreau then conducts an in-studio interview with Dot Thibodeaux and Danna Spayde, the founders of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. They discuss: why they founded the organization; the custody issues facing grandparents; their support group meetings at the Family Road of Baton Rouge; and the lack of financial resources available to grandparents.