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:
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:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
At other times, you can leave a voicemail message or send an email, which will be returned promptly.
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!
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Legal Guide
Parent Support Services has developed a Legal Guide for Grandparents and other caregivers raising their relatives.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.” Watch this powerful and emotionally charged 27:17 min documentary below.
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.
Information regarding resources for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren can be found here:
Pulse (the Victoria Foundation's Magazine) published a great piece on our Galiano Nature Camp for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and other Kinship Caregivers. You can read the article on pgs 24-25 here.