Grandfamilies Offers Unique Support to Families
Communities are made up of families of all kinds, and the United Arc is offering local families a new resource for support. Located in the Hilltowns and Franklin County, Grandfamilies is a support group for families in which a relative cares for another relative’s children. This type of family structure is not uncommon, and can happen for a multitude of reasons. Grandfamilies offers folks who have such a family structure with a space in which to share the joy and satisfaction of raising children, and also serves as a source of support for the grief, financial strain, loss of independence, and other challenges that can accompany this type of family situation.
Grandfamilies groups provide families with the opportunity to learn about other useful community resources, share stories, and connect with other community members who are also raising a relative’s children. Grandfamilies group meetings are relaxed, and offer a friendly and supportive atmosphere within which participants can engage in essential and meaningful self-care.
Attend a Grandfamilies meeting in:
- Williamsburg, on the 3rd Monday of each month from 1-2:30pm at 141 Main Street in Haydenville
- Greenfield, on 1st Tuesdays from 5:15-6:45 and 3rd Wednesdays from 12:30-2pm at 90 Federal Street
- Turners Falls, on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 11:30-1pm at 294 Avenue A
For more information about Grandfamilies, contact Pat Keith at 413-563-1981 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some titles to support children being raised by relatives and to broaden understanding of family structure include:
- Robert Lives With His Grandparents: A Concept Book by Martha Whitmore Hickman
- The Family Book by Todd Parr
- Let’s Talk About Living With a Grandparent by Susan Kent
- Sometimes It’s Grandmas and Grandpas, Not Mommies and Daddies by Gayle Byrne