[HCCN] PR: Support for Relatives as Parents Spring 2011
children at downeasthealth.org
Thu Mar 10 11:08:50 EST 2011
March 10, 2010; FOR IMMEDIATE
RELEASE..................................................a pdf poster is
CONTACT:/Candy Eaton, Program Director
Downeast 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/
<mailto:children at downeasthealth.org>
*"Down East Support for Relatives Caring for Children"*
If you are a grandparent, aunt, uncle or other guardian caring for
children of relatives, you are invited to join other caregivers in two
monthly support groups held in Hancock and Washington counties.The
Downeast Children's Council, a program of Downeast Health Services, is
pleased to remind you of a monthly "Relatives As Parents" support group
that meets on the first Tuesday of every month in Machias and the second
Tuesday of every month in Ellsworth.
If you are interested in participating in these FREE mutual support
groups, please call Candy Eaton at 667-5304 ext. 261. Everyone is
welcome.Share your story, meet others in your situation, and learn about
resources and activities at the following locations:
·Downeast Health Services, 247 Main Street, Suite 2, Machias,
10:00am-11:30 on the *first* Tuesday of April, May and June 2011.
·Downeast Health Services, 52 Christian Ridge Road, Ellsworth,
1:30pm-3:00pm on the *second* Tuesday of April, May and June 2011.
Every child's family, however family is defined, has value, worth,
integrity, and dignity.All families have strengths.The most desirable
place for children to grow up is in their own caring families, when
those families are able to provide safe and nurturing relationships
intended to last a lifetime. For generations, extended families have
made arrangements to provide care for children whose parents are unable
to do so.
Despite the relatively high number of kinship families or
"grandfamilies", many of the caregivers do not know others who are in
similar situations. This can lead to feelings of isolation, which can be
magnified for families who are already living in sparsely-populated
rural areas. These difficult life experiences faced by "grandfamilies"
are countered by the joy of being part of the child's life, the relief
of knowing the child is safe, and the satisfaction of seeing the child
thrive as his or her life becomes more stable.
Even though each story is unique, most of the children living with
relative caregivers share a common experience of sadness or confusion
about losing their birth parent, whether it is due to substance abuse,
physical or mental illness, or other circumstances. It may be a
temporary or permanent loss, or as often happens, an unpredictable one
as a birth parent moves in and out of the child's life. Because of this,
some children wonder if their parents love them and why they are not
there for them. Many children know the fear and instability of not being
sure if someone will take care of them or if they will be safe.
Downeast Health Services Inc. seeks to support the many families who
have recently undertaken the unexpected responsibility of caring for a
relative's child. 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 and
Washington Counties, there are others who share many similar experiences
and feelings. 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, support groups and family resources available in Downeast
Mmaine. 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.
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