Thursday, April 13, 2000

Help raising children of relatives

        Based on recommendations from The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Task Force, the Ohio General Assembly last year created the Kinship Care Services Planning Council. The council made recommendations to the Ohio Department of Human Services on what services should be provided to grandparents and other adults who raise children of relatives.

Ohio Council
        The department has established a plan to implement services in these five areas: Day care, respite care, legal services, training related to caring for special needs children and a toll-free number that may be called to obtain basic information about the rights of kinship caregivers and services available to them.

        • Ohio Parent Information and Resource Center of Lighthouse Youth Services, 5812 Madison Road, Madisonville, sponsors a Grandparents Support Group, 10 a.m., every fourth Thursday, Madisonville Senior Center. 272-0273.

        • Grandparents Support Group (for grandparents whose grandchildren are served by Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disabilities). Contact Peter Keiser, casework supervisor, 636-8365.

        • Grandparents/Relatives Raising Children Support Group, sponsored by Kenton County Cooperative Extension Service, 7-8 p.m. every fourth Thursday, Lakeside Christian Church, Lakeside Park. Free child care. 356-3155.

        • Beech Acres offers parenting classes on special needs children and The ParentSource Info Line to answer parenting questions.751-0400.

        • 4C, Comprehensive Community Child Care, offers assistance in finding child care 221-0033.

        • Grandparents/Grandchildren Initiative at the Center for Healthy Communities, Wright State University Kettering Center, 140 E. Monument Ave., Dayton, OH 45402. (937) 775-1116.

        • American Association of Retired Persons Grandparent Information center, 601 E. St., Washington, D.C. 20049. (202) 434-2296 or, offers a clearinghouse of information about programs, support groups, research activities and resources for grandparent-headed families.

        • Grandparents as Parents: A Survival Guide for Raising a Second Family (Guilford Press; $16.95) by Sylvie deToledo and Deborah Edler Brown.

        • Raising Our Children's Children (Fairview Press; $12.95) by Deborah Doucette-Dudman.

        • Relatives Raising Grandchildren: A Guide to Finding Help and Hope (Brookdale Foundation; $4) by Marianne Takas. Must be ordered by sending address and check to Brookdale Foundation Group, 126 E. 56th St., New York, N.Y. 10022. (212) 308-7355.

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Seeking others
        Lana Cookingham of St. Bernard would like to talk with other grandparents raising grandchildren. She also wants to help establish support groups throughout the Tristate so grandparents can gather in their own neighborhoods to share information and lend moral support. Call her at 242-4112.


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