Hs8002 Grandparents Project


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  • Hs8002 Grandparents Project

    1. 1. Parenting During the Older Adult Years: Grandparents as primary Caregivers Presented by Lyn Johnson, RN, BSN, MS. Advanced Research in Adult Human Development and Behavior Dr. Noah Benjamin Final Project HS8002 Summer Quarter 2007
    2. 2. A National Epidemic <ul><li>In the US more than six million children are living in households headed by grandparents </li></ul><ul><li>In Virginia 6% of all children live in grandparent-headed homes. </li></ul><ul><li>Virginia state policy requires that kin be considered first when an out-of home placement is required </li></ul><ul><li>Virginia has a subsidized guardianship program that provides financial ongoing subsidies to the guardian. </li></ul>
    3. 3. The Children <ul><li>Ages of the children living with their grandparents 11% percent are under the age of two years, 18% are between two and four years old, 46% are between five and eleven years, and 22% are older than twelve years of age (U.S. Census, 2000). </li></ul>
    4. 4. Reasons why? <ul><li>Substance Abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Child Abuse/Neglect </li></ul><ul><li>Teen Pregnancy </li></ul><ul><li>Death of a Parent </li></ul><ul><li>Parental Divorce </li></ul><ul><li>Parental Incarceration </li></ul><ul><li>Military Deployment </li></ul>
    5. 5. Join A Support Group <ul><li>Grandparents who have become involved say it is wonderful to have the support of people who are going through the same thing they are going through. </li></ul><ul><li>They share resources, joys, and sorrows. </li></ul><ul><li>They become part of your extended family and help the way only family can </li></ul>
    6. 6. Own Your Feeling <ul><li>Emotional Ups </li></ul><ul><li>Faith that your grandchildren's lives will be stable and sound Satisfaction in knowing you are making a better life for your grandchildren Comfort in knowing your grandchildren are safe with you Gratification in knowing you are making a difference in your grandchildren's lives Patience to cope with yourself and your grandchildren Courage to take on the responsibility of parenting (and it is a big responsibility) Inspiration that comes from hearing your grandchildren say, &quot;I love you&quot; Gain in personal satisfaction from knowing you are strong enough for this task Sense of Order when things go right Happiness that you made it through another day Pride in yourself and your grandchildren for persevering through tough times </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional Downs </li></ul><ul><li>Denial of the current situation - unrealistic expectations that the parents will become responsible Fear of how you will be able to financially and emotionally care for your grandchildren Guilt in thinking you should have or could have done things differently with your own child Anger at your child for abandoning or not being a responsible parent Sacrifice in order to keep your family together Loss of the grandparent-grandchild relationship, as well as peer contacts Frustration when things don't go as planned Sadness at the loss of a child and of the typical grandparent role Disappointment in not being able to do the things you wanted at this stage in your life Confusion in understanding the issues facing today's children Embarrassment at having to ask for assistance for raising your &quot;new family&quot; </li></ul>
    7. 7. Help is Available <ul><li>Child Welfare Services/ Social Services: Apply for government financial assistance and referrals to other community services. Ask about TANF: Temporary Assistance for Needing Families (specifically child-grant only), Food Stamps, Daycare, Subsidized Guardianship, Kinship Foster Care, and Rent Assistance . </li></ul><ul><li>Support Groups: There may be a support group for grandparents and kinship caregivers raising children in your area. </li></ul><ul><li>Area Agency on Aging: Some local Area Agencies on Aging will have services or referrals for older adults raising their grandchildren. </li></ul><ul><li>Your local faith based Organization </li></ul>
    8. 8. Virginia Resources <ul><li>Virginia Department for the Aging Kinship Care Initiative Statewide Task Force & Information Network (804) 662-9340 </li></ul><ul><li>Catholic Charities of Hampton Roads (757) 533-5217 </li></ul><ul><li>Mountain Empire Older Citizens Inc KinCare Program(800) 252-6362 </li></ul><ul><li>Brighton’s Solid Rock Inc. (757)393-0570 </li></ul><ul><li>The GrandmomdaddyProgram (540)563-5316 </li></ul>
    9. 9. National Resources <ul><li>  AARP Grandparent Information Center www.aarp.org /grandparents </li></ul><ul><li>Child Welfare Information Gateway www.childwelfare.gov </li></ul><ul><li>Child Welfare League of America www.cwla.org </li></ul><ul><li>Generations United www.grandfamiliesofamerica.com </li></ul><ul><li>Grandfamilies of America www.grandfamiliesofamerica.com </li></ul><ul><li>GrandsPlace www.grandsplace.org </li></ul><ul><li>National Aging Information Center www.aoa.dhhs.gov </li></ul><ul><li>National Committee of Grandparents for Children’s Right www.grandparentsforchildren.org </li></ul><ul><li>National Eldercare Locator www.eldercare.gov </li></ul>