Grandparents as Parents…. Sharing a Lifetime of Love. Sharing Practical Ideas on Starting a Support Group Education and Kincare Training vs. Support Techniques to Promote Positive Group and Individual Experiences. Sharing Practical Ideas.
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Seek out leaders from the entities who are involved with (or should be involved with) issues relating to kin care such as State agencies TDFPS and TDHS, Schools, Non Profits (such as those offering information on substance abuse, counseling , parenting skills), Health care providers, Legal advocates, attorneys, judges, 2-1-1 and other information and referral services, legislative staff and other elected officials.
WHO are others that should be informed stakeholders?
Invite partners to serve on an advisory task force to enhance awareness and promote community support. Partners can also make referrals to support group.
Ask partners to offer pro bono services for unmet needs of grandparents raising grandchildren such as counseling for caregiver or child, or providing legal consultation, or developing promotional materials.
Include community partners on training and educational presentations.
Never say…Oh I know what you are going through as I have my grandchild everyday while my daughter works…
HOW WONDERFUL….you get to have your grandchild all of the time!!!
Sensitize all personnel, advisory council members, and community partners of the very unique and often complex issues confronting grandparents raising grandchildren relating to financial, emotional, social, legal, medical, educational, and so on.