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COVID-19: What Grandparents Can Do for Children Living with Parental Addiction

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April 22, 2020

What Grandparents CAN Do: Covid-19 and Parental Addiction

Children living with parental addiction “have been thrown into the lion’s den by public health regulations telling them to stay indoors....Sheltering at home can be hell.” 

Tim Cermak, MD – NACoA founder and former Board Chair, offers an honest account of today's challenges for children of addiction in Sheltering At Home With an Addicted Parent, with introduction by William White.


Grandparents are searching for ways to help their grandchildren during these challenging, difficult times when the children are confined to the home where they are often not safe as their parents drink or use drugs. Jerry Moe, National Director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Children's Program, is recommending some effective resources to help grandparents help the children navigate through their daily challenges:  

  • Begin by going to This is the National Association for Children of Addiction (NACoA). Check out the Just 4 Kids and Just 4 Teens sections of the website.

  • Download the free Kit for Parents, an excellent resource to guide grandparents in assisting their grandkids.

  • Check out Sesame Street in Communities. Click on the topic of Parental Addiction to find videos, an interactive story book, and coloring activities for 4-10 year olds.

  • Go to, and explore information on the Children’s Program. Here you’ll find essential resources to guide and assist children.

NACoA provides resources to diminish the fear and pain addiction causes in families, and to increase the hope and healing that all deserve.   Visit

NACoA | National Association for Children of Addiction Voice for the Children

10920 Connecticut Avenue #100 Kensington, MD 20895 USA 301.468.0985 888.554.2627


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