[HCCN] Fwd: Relatives As Parents Monthly Support Group

Matthew Baya matt at baya.net
Tue Dec 16 20:37:40 EST 2008



-Matt

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Begin forwarded message:

> From: Candy Eaton <children at downeasthealth.org>
> Date: December 16, 2008 3:52:02 PM EST
> To: undisclosed-recipients:;
> Subject: Relatives As Parents Monthly Support Group
>

> Thank you for sharing this information with your community, clients  
> and staff.  A pdf poster is available as an attachment.
>
> Candy Eaton, Program Director
> Hancock County Children's Council
> a program of Downeast Health Services Inc.
> 52 Christian Ridge Road, Ellsworth, ME  04605
> 207-667-5304, ext. 261
> children at downeasthealth.org
>
> December 16, 2008; FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
>
> CONTACT:  Candy Eaton, Program Director
>
>
>
> “NEW Relatives as Parents SUPPORT Group”
>
> The Hancock County Children’s Council, a program of Downeast Health  
> Services Inc., in partnership with Maine Kids-Kin, seeks to support  
> families who are raising their relatives’ children in Hancock County 
> .  Many families have recently undertaken the unexpected responsibil 
> ity of caring for a relative’s child.
>
> You are invited to join a monthly “Relatives as Parents”  
> facilitated support group conveniently located in Ellsworth at the D 
> owneast Health Services office, 52 Christian Ridge Road on the secon 
> d Tuesday of each month.  Participants will learn how to work toward 
> s creating environments that help increase protective factors, such  
> as developing community connections, improving access to resources,  
> and reducing the social isolation by sharing common problems.
>
> If you are interested in participating in this new group, contact  
> Candy Eaton at 667-5304 ext. 261.  The first meeting will be held on  
> Tuesday, January 13th, 2009, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  This first  
> session will be for adults only, and will be an opportunity for you  
> to design future meetings and activities which will you in meeting  
> the challenges of raising your relatives’ children.
>
> Raising children can be a wonderful, satisfying and enjoyable  
> experience.  However, raising children is not an easy experience  
> under any circumstance.  Usually when a child comes to live with a  
> relative, it is because there has been some hardship within the  
> family.  What begins as a temporary stay often turns into a  
> permanent arrangement.
>
> In Maine, over 11,000 children with their grandparents, aunts,  
> uncles, or with another relative who are not their parents. Even so,  
> many relatives feel they are in this alone.  These relatives’ lives  
> are complicated, yet they are experienced parents and bring history  
> and past lessons to a new relationship with their relatives’ childre 
> n.  Throughout Hancock County, there are others who share many simil 
> ar experiences and feelings.
>
> The family member may be a grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling, cousin  
> or good friend of the family.  The children may be in the relative’s 
>  care, or the relatives may be working towards that goal.  Grandfami 
> lies is a term for families headed by an extended family member: gra 
> ndparent, aunt, uncle or other relative.
>
> The Hancock County Children’s Council collaborates with many local p 
> artners to strengthen Maine’s families.  The Council provides parent 
>  education classes and has an extensive collection of books and vide 
> otapes on subjects designed to help children and families live healt 
> hier lives.  The Family Resource Center Library is available to all  
> residents in Hancock County and is located at Downeast Health Servic 
> es, 52 Christian Ridge Road, Ellsworth, ME.    Please call 667-5304  
> ext. 261, email children at downeasthealth.org or visit our website at www.downeasthealth.org 
>  for additional information on parenting classes, child development  
> and family resources available in Hancock County.
>
>
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