Kathy's Korner

Did you know there are over 30,000 grandparents raising their grandchildren in Massachusetts?

The Family Resource Network offers a support group for Grandparents and other relatives raising children. Details for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in Harmony are on page 3. The group has grandparents of all ages, with a variety of reasons for why they are raising these children. Massachusetts has a Commission that recognizes this ever growing population and supports them in the unique challenges they face each day.  There is a great website at http://massgrg.com/

The Commission is offering a series of meeting places for their Information Exchange Tour. This is an opportunity to let the Commissioners, the Attorney General, and other local politicians know what it is like to be a grandparent raising your grandchild. What would you like them to know? What unique challenges do you face? Let your voice be heard. If you are a grandparent raising a grandchild, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to learn how we can help you. Join our e-mail group even if you are unable to attend our meetings.  

Kathy

Information Exchange Tour” -- The Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren & Attorney General’s Office

Join members of The Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren as well as members from Attorney General Healey’s Office to exchange information, learn, and listen to families discuss issues impacting kinship caregivers in Massachusetts, particularly as it relates to the current opioid epidemic. 

After a brief panel presentation there will be a “Town Hall Forum” for people to express their thoughts and concerns as kinship caregivers as well as share suggestions on addressing the impact this crisis is having on children and families. There will be local community resources present at each event. 
These are the two closest to our area. 

Lowell/Lawrence:  Tuesday, October 25, 2016,  6:00 – 8:00 pm Middlesex Community College, F. Bradford Morris Federal Building, 50 Kearney Square

Boston:  Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 4:00-6:00 pm; Grove Hall Community Center, 51 Geneva Street; Dorchester, MA. 

For additional information call 617-635-1484.

 

 

Services Provided

Some of the services we offer for parents and educators.

• At this time, we are looking for a space to hold our drop in play times. 
• Custodial Grandparent Support Group that meets twice a month
• Parent and Infant Support Group (birth through 6 months old)
• Play and Learn Groups for caregiver and Pre-Toddlers and Toddlers (7 months – 5 years old)
• Parent and Caregiver Workshops
• Free Family Fun Activities
• Annual Early Childhood Information Fair
• Transition workshops for children entering preschool and kindergarten

Ages and Stages Developmental Screenings:  As parents, we want to know that our child is on track developing and learning all that they can. Through the Department of Early Education and Care, we have received access to the Ages and Stages Developmental and Social Emotional Growth questionnaire. The Ages and Stages screening tool is a great way to learn more about your child’s development.  You complete the questionnaire based on your child’s age in the comfort of your own home, and then return the information to the Family Resource Network. Once completed, you and a staff member can review the results and see what we can do together to help your child reach their full potential. If you have any questions, please call our office at 781-246-5187. 

Childcare and Preschool Information:       http://www.eec.state.ma.us/ChildCareSearch/EarlyEduMap.aspx
The Massachusetts Dept. of Early Education and Care website allows parents and caregivers access to a listing by town of all licensed childcare providers and preschools. Our office has a checklist of what to look for when visiting the sites. If you would like to see if you are eligible for financial assistance, please call. A staff member will be happy to speak with you about any questions and concerns.

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