Over the last few decades, a social phenomenon has occurred in the United States where more and more grandparents find themselves raising their grandchildren. This is the result of multiple different circumstances, many of which The Dragonfly House Children’s Advocacy Center sees through abuse and/or neglect on the part of the child’s parents. Most grandparents never contemplated that their later stages in life would find them with the psychological and emotional challenges raising young children provide. Raising children today is a lot different than it was 20, 30 years ago. Today’s grandparents raising their grandchildren are facing social, emotional, and environmental concerns that were not present when they raised their own children. The national non-profit Grandparents Rights Organization encourages individuals who find themselves in this position to secure education and counseling to assist them in this most difficult but significantly rewarding role.
What grandparents raising grandchildren face:
• Loss of the expected and preferred grandparent role
• Uncertainty about the permanence of the childcare arrangements
• The relationship with the son or daughter who is unable to fulfill the parenting role.
Topics addressed through this curriculum:
• Understanding Your Role
• Promoting Personal Well-Being
• Refining Parenting Skills
• Building Relationships
• Working with School and Community
• Managing Finances
• Exploring Legal Issues
• Looking to the Future
Second Time Around: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren is a closed support group. Participants must sign up ahead of time to attend. The support group is two hours long and runs once per week for 10-12 weeks. Childcare can be available if needed.
Participants do not have to be raising their grandchildren as a result of abuse and/or neglect to take part in this group. While abuse & neglect are our agency’s focus and mission, this support group is open to any grandparent who finds themselves in the unique situation of caring for their grandchildren.
This support group is led by experienced therapists trained in the curriculum, but the group itself is not considered a “therapy” group. This group does however provide a safe place where participants can be comfortable sharing their experiences – thereby fostering the concept of learning from each other and gaining peer support in addition to the educational topics covered each week through the program.
If you are interested in participating in our support group session this fall, please contact us at 336-753-6155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org