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Resources available for grandparents raising grandchildren

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WARREN, Ohio -

President Donald Trump just signed into law a new measure that could help grandparents who are raising their children's children because of drug abuse.

Mary Binion of Warren is now raising her granddaughter, KiKi, because her daughter, Ashley, passed away two years ago from of a drug overdose.  

She says it's not easy, but she gets a lot of enjoyment out of seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter of her young granddaughter.

"I'm still working and I come home and take care of her. I have my mom I take care of. Five-years-old, it's kinda rough dealing with her. She's rambunctious!" says Binion.

The new law may help Mary find resources to care for KiKi.

Tim Schaffner, Executive Director of Children Services in Trumbull County, said, "It seems at this point, this new law will form a federal task force, to spotlight the issue, coordinate services and identify the needs which we are very happy about."

While the law does not provide money directly to grandparents, it will pay for social services and mental health counseling. 

Mary says that's something that can help her and KiKi. "We can get her counseling. When my daughter passed away she was two. Now she's five. She's wondering about her mom and stuff. We need counseling and support groups for her."

Children Services says they saw a 40% increase in grandparents raising grandchildren from 2013 to 2015.  They say if you are in that situation and you are looking for help or need some information on services available, call their office or call 211.

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