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Grandparents struggling to raise their grandchildren, whether they have custody or not, are referred to the program by agency, friend, or self-referral. Experts in Randolph County, W.Va. topics are provided to help them navigate legal, social, school, health, and other systems in our county.
Over 2.5 million grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren
For every 1 child in the foster care system, 25 are being raised by grandparents or relatives outside of the system
Grandfamilies save tax payers more then $4 billion by keeping kids out of foster care
WV ranks 2nd in the % of grandparents responsible for their grandchildren.
Experts in Randolph County, W.Va. topics are provided to help them navigate legal, social, school, health, and other systems in our county. Each expert is here as a volunteer, not as an official representative of any organization.
Held bimonthly on topics over a 6- month period tailored to the needs of grandfamilies:
´ Health literacy/self-care
´Healthy lifestyles/managing stress
´ Legal issues
´Navigating the school system
´Family response to addiction
Services are provided on an individualized basis to each grandfamily over a 6-month period:
´Assessment of needs
´Help locating community resources
´Confidential assistance in addressing unmet needs
´Help navigating the social system, legal system, and a wide range of social services
While the Caregivers are receiving support and guidance, child care is provided in the form of a Counselor-led story and activity time. A volunteer child psychologist and school counselor develop therapeutic activities, stories, playtime and assist with homework.
Provided each night.
´Provided by local restaurants, churches, organizations and individuals
´Provides 2 nights each month where Caregivers don’t have to prepare or purchase meals
´Leftovers sent home with families
´Served by volunteers from the Elkins Bookhounds
Complete the CBG Referral Form and return to Elkins-Randolph County Public Library. All information is kept confidential.
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