ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Many stateline kids are being raised by their grandparents. In honor of National Grandparents Day, many of them could receive financial help, when it comes to their families.
Dozens of families honored their loved ones during the Annual Grandparents Day dinner at the Radisson hotel in Rockford.
According to the Illinois Department on Aging, nearly 200,000 kids live in homes where their grandparents are the primary caregivers. That's why State representatives started 'Grandparents Raising Grandchildren,' an initiative promoting support groups and legal help for families.
"It's not the children's fault something goes wrong down the line, it's just that as a grandparent you would like your loved ones to be close to you. My sister is deceased and I had to step up to the plate. there's no way I would let my own fall into the system," said Brenda Clayton, who's raising her sister's granddaughter.
The 'Grandparents Raising Grandchildren' program would also provide emergency funding for things like utility bills food and clothing.