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For grandparents, raising grandkids can break the bank

Military deployments, moms in jail, drugs put older kin in parental roles

By ALEJANDRA CANCINO The Associated Press

This article was published February 17, 2016 at 4:09 a.m.

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Debra Aldridge sits with her grandson, Mario Hendricks, at her home on Chicago’s South Side.

When Debra Aldridge became her grandson's primary caregiver, she was making $7.50 per hour as a cook. The alternative for the newborn, she was told, was to put him up for adoption.

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