A Victorian family have placed an ad for grandparents who might want to spend time with their family.

Yvonne and Alex have three children and with no close family around them they decided to place an ad asking for someone who might like to join their family and be rewarded with unlimited baby cuddles.

Telling Sunrise Yvonne said “With Alex’s family in France, and I am not close to my own mother and my father is deceased it is something our children miss out on.”

They are looking for genuine, honest people to spend time with their children.

grandparents wanted

Care for Kids actually run an Adopt a Grandparent programme

Carolyn Hyams experienced a strong sense of isolation after the birth of her daughter Ariella (now two and a half). The majority of carolyn’s family live overseas or interstate and Ariella has no grandparents in Australia.

Apart from the moral support offered by having grandparents close by Carolyn is concerned that Ariella is missing out on valuable life experiences which can be gained from engaging with older people.

‘What Ariella is really lacking is senior role models in her life that she can communicate with and form a close bond to. I’m embarrassed to say that she’s even scared of our older generation and doesn’t know how to interact with them,’ said Carolyn.

Carolyn took a proactive approach to the problem at hand and after completing a little research on Adopt-a-Grandparent programmes decided to talk to the director of Ariella’s preschool about the possibility of starting one there.

After her idea was met with a resounding ‘yes’ Carolyn has made it her mission to promote the benefits of Adopt-a-Grandparent programmes to as many child care centre directors, parents and seniors as she can.

You can watch their interview here.

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  • This is such a beautiful idea. I might suggest the same thing to my family, as we don’t have any senior members of our family nearby, and I really feel our children miss out on so much.


  • What an awesome idea!

    I hope the family find the perfect grandparents


  • I hope they find someone. My parents and in laws are so important in our kids’ lives.


  • If everyone gets on well, this would be good.


  • Awwww I hope they find someone


  • This is super cute, I hope they screen them well


  • What a great way to bring generations together.


  • i think this is a great idea. many of our older generation are alone also with their families living interstate or hours away. This is a great way for them to feel a sense of being needed and loved, and get that back in return. It will help families out who dont have family close…strict interview process and careful consideration should always be top priority though!


  • How sad is this?! A sign of the times perhaps. I hope they strictly interview any prospective grandparents,moor safety’s sake


  • So cute. I think this will be beneficial for the children and the volunteer grandparents.

    • This scheme has been used with success in the past. I hope it is promoted more so that the “older ” and young generations interact to the benefit of all concerned


  • I love this idea! How wonderful for the elderly that may not have any family to spend time with, to have that company.
    I only have one grandparent left, I sure miss all the stories and wisdom from my other grandparents, so it’s great for the children also.


  • It would also be nice for a grandparent who has no-one to share their life with!


  • I think it’s a lovely idea! My daughter is growing up without any grandparent around and I also think she’s missing something really important this way.


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