Co-Facilitators: Tom Bartley, Joyce Parton, and Sarah Amspaugh
Mission: To strengthen the custodial grandparent’s ability to provide safe, long-term care for their grandchild.
Program: Murray and Whitfield Counties reflect the state and the nation in the large numbers of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Often, grandparents assume this obligation when the grandchildren's own parents abandon them or when the children can no longer live with them because of the parent's mental disorder, substance abuse, or incarceration. Consequently, the grandparent has the added burden of caring for children who suffered from abuse or neglect by their parents. Many of the grandparents are likely to be in poor health and under a financial strain, in comparison with non-relative caregivers. These grandparents generally receive few economic supports and are often unaware of community resources available to them.
This program provides monthly support group meetings, quarterly special events, bi-annual fun activities for grandparents and grandchildren and a one-week day camp for grandparents and their grandchildren.
Program Funding: The program currently receives funding from Promoting Safe and Stable Families, United Way of Northwest Georgia and private donations.