[HCCN] 12.8.09 Relatives as Parents Group
children at downeasthealth.org
Mon Nov 30 10:32:23 EST 2009
November 30, 2009; FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Candy Eaton, Program Director
*"Relatives as Parents SUPPORT Group"*
The Hancock County Children's Council wants to remind you that the next
meeting of our Relatives As Parents Support Group will be held on
Tuesday, December 8^th , 2009, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. If you are a
grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling, cousin or good friend of the family
caring for a relative's child or working toward that goal, you are
invited to join our "Relatives as Parents" facilitated support group
conveniently located in Ellsworth at the Downeast Health Services
office, 52 Christian Ridge Road on the second Tuesday of each month. If
you are interested in participating in this FREE mutual support group,
contact Candy Eaton at 667-5304 ext. 261.
Are you one of the following types of grandparent caregivers?
· Custodial grandparents have legal custody of their
grandchildren; they provide daily care and decision-making tasks. The
focus on this type of care-giving is on the grandchild and providing
them with a sense of security.
· "Living with" grandparents provide daily care for their
grandchildren, but do not have legal custody. The child's parent may or
may not live in the home. These grandparents focus on providing an
economically and emotionally stable environment for the child, and often
on helping the parent. Because the grandparent does not possess legal
custody, he or she has no way of protecting the child from an unsuitable
or dangerous parent.
· "Day care" grandparents focus on helping the child's parent
and on fulfilling their own needs. These grandparents tend to be the
least affected by their caretaking role because the children return home
at the end of the day. They function closest to the societal definition
of "grandparent".[i] <#_edn1>
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 responsibility of
caring for a relative's child. 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' children. Throughout Hancock County, there are others who
share many similar experiences and feelings. To learn more about Maine
Kids-Kin and its services, visit www.mainekids-kin.org
<http://www.mainekids-kin.org> or call 1-866-298-0896.
The Hancock County Children's Council collaborates with many local
partners to strengthen Maine's families. Please call 667-5304 ext. 261,
email children at downeasthealth.org <mailto:children at downeasthealth.org>
or visit our website at www.downeasthealth.org
<http://www.downeasthealth.org> for additional information on parenting
classes, child development and family resources available in Hancock
/Candy Eaton, Program Director
Hancock County Children's Council, a program of Downeast Health Services
52 Christian Ridge Road, Ellsworth, ME 04605/
/207-667-5304, ext. 261; //children at downeasthealth.org/
<mailto:children at downeasthealth.org>
[i] <#_ednref1>/Family Issues/, University of Maine Cooperative
Extension, Volume 8, No. 2, 1999 (Kleiner, H.S., Hertzog, J., & Targ,
D.B. (1998). Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Resource Guide for
Professionals. ParentLink, University Outreach and Extension,
University of Missouri-Columbia).
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