We received a particularly dramatic call recently from a grandparent we’ll call Grace. Her call reminded us that grandparents raising grandchildren face the special challenge of dealing with their own child’s afflictions – drug or alcohol abuse, domestic violence, serious illness, imprisonment – and helping their grandchildren understand what is happening. This is in addition to the usual demands of parenting.
Grandparents can get help from the Department of Elder Affairs which recently updated their Resource Guide for grandparents. Grandparents also attend PHP groups and call the Parental Stress Line for support. Read on about the call from Grace. And then read how one of our volunteers is working to establish a parent support group in Haverhill.