According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2.7 million grandparents are raising their grandchildren.

Brooks Michael, an adolescent health educator with Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital, will be joining our web chat at 12:30 p.m. Thursday. You can ask your questions to Michael about this topic.

Also, make sure to tune into Kimberly McBroom's story about local grandparents raising their grandchildren coming up Thursday night during our 6 p.m. newscast.

The Prevention Council of Roanoke County is hosting the "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Resource Conference" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 12 at the YMCA. The conference is $10 and includes lunch.