Parent Support Services Society of BC

    Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

GRG Support Line

If you're a grandparent or other relative raising a family member's child, you can get information and advice from the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Support Line to:

  • deal with complex services systems such as the Ministry of Children and Family Development,
  • find the answers, assistance, and resources you need to prevent or solve problems, and
  • learn about benefits and services that will support your whole family.

The GRG Support Line is staffed by two part-time advocates trained in advocacy, social work, family law, and government services related to kinship caregiving.

Contact the GRG Support Line:

  • 604-558-4740 (Greater Vancouver)
  • 1-855-474-9777 (call no charge, outside Greater Vancouver)
  • by email

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At other times, you can leave a voicemail message or send an email, which will be returned promptly.

 Privacy Policy  PDF

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circles

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Support Circles are anonymous, confidential self-help groups offering weekly or bi-weekly meetings and other activities organized by trained volunteer facilitators. GRG Support Circles help grandparents and others raising a family member’s child learn positive parenting by providing them with a safe atmosphere in which to share their stories and stresses, learn new skills, receive emotional support and discover services and resources. The Circles strengthen the first link in a chain that connects positive caregiving with healthy children, and help healthy families build strong communities.

Currently, Parent Support Services Society of BC offers Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circles in partnership with community agencies in the Lower Mainland, the Fraser Valley, in Victoria and mid/northern Vancouver Island, Kelowna and Prince George. See our GRG Support Circle Flyer for more information, see our list of the GRG Support Circles by location, or contact the Program Coordinator in your region to register!

Circles In Your Area

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Legal Guide

Parent Support Services has developed a Legal Guide for Grandparents and other caregivers raising their relatives. 

Click here to find PDF copies of all the chapters of the Legal Guide. (Updated as of 2014) 

GRG Legal Seminars

LEGAL SEMINARS FOR KINSHIP CARE PROVIDERS - GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN

Parent Support Services Society of BC has developed informative, interactive, legal information seminars that will outline Kinship Care facts and options, relevant legislation, government and community resources, benefits and services available for grandparents and other relatives raising family members. For more information call 604-669-1616 (toll free 1-877-345-9777) or email office@parentsupportbc.ca .  

Annual Summer Picnics

The annual  Summer Picnics, across BC, provide an occasion for  family and community connectedness and support, to share and learn about PSS and community resources, and to simply come together for food, fun and a care-free afternoon.

2016 picnics on Vancouver Island! Info Here

Thank you to the generous donors to  2014's New Westminster picnic.

 

 

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Telling Our Stories

The  documentary Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Telling Our Stories provides a glimpse into the realities faced by several grandparent led families from across BC. These grandparents didn’t plan to be full time caregivers at this later stage in their lives. Their stories are varied, but many of the threads are the same: loss, isolation, grief, hardship, love and determination. The grandchildren are their priority and they need and deserve, love, stability and all the support possible to ensure they can succeed in life.  “This documentary will make you laugh, make you cry, and we hope, make you think.”

Launched the week of Family Day 2015 across the province - check out these trailers, that give a taste of just some of these diverse and inspiring stories. 



 

Media Coverage - Documentary Launch

Just some of the media coverage of the launch of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Telling Our Stories

Carol Ross, Parent Support Services' former Advocacy & Kinship Care Director is in conversation about raising grandkids (plus we hear from some GRG's themselves). Starts at 22:22 mark. http://podcast.cbc.ca/…/podcas…/bcalmanac_20150210_16777.mp3

A powerful interview with Grandparent Bernadine Fox: http://www.cbc.ca/…/Local+S…/British+Columbia/ID/2652869641/

Grandparent Bernadine and her granddaughter Avy on Radio Canada TV discussing our documentary Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Telling Our Stories (Interviews in English) http://ici.radio-canada.ca/wi…/mediaconsole/medianet/7240793

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Interview

Jane Bouey of Media Mornings interviews Vanessa Iafolla about Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, the financial challenges they face, and her groundbreaking research.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Advocacy

Grandparents raising grandchildren (GRG) face an number of barriers. Financial barriers they face are exacerbated by policy such as inadequate kinship care benefits and the loss of CPP Disability Benefits upon turning 65.

We encourage advocacy in these areas. For more information check out the documents below.

An example of a letter regarding kinship care benefits.

Information sheet on kinship care benefits.

Information sheet on CPP Disability.

GRG Resources

Information regarding resources for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren can be found here:

http://www.parentsupportbc.vcn.bc.ca/for-grandparents