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Grandparents Raising Kids - A Growing Concern

Posted: March 31, 2011     Nancy J Conrad

Boston- At Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley will hold a hearing relative to the programs available to grandparents raising their own grandchildren on Thursday, March 31st at 10 AM at Boston City Hall.

Councilor Pressley is Chair of the Committee on Women & Healthy Communities which has oversight of Boston’s Elderly Commission.  Organizations encouraged to speak at the hearing include city and state officials, community agencies and senior advocates.  And the topic?  The growing need for increased support and services for grandparents responsible for raising their own grandchildren.

“In recent years, the number of grandparents raising their grandchildren, as the sole caretakers, has risen dramatically,” Pressley said. “This is not an issue that impacts just one community or class of people. There are two groups impacted by this issue that are especially relevant today- military families and single parents working multiple jobs. We need to be more proactive in seeking out grandparents raising their own grandchildren and make sure we’re giving them the help they need.”
Are you a grandparent raising a child?  It doesn't matter if you have sole custody or not.  Councilor Pressley wants to hear from you.  Tell your story and let her know the types of services that you would appreciate from the City of Boston.  We all want to make sure our children are raised successfully. 

Do you know of a grandparent in this situation who is "shy" about speaking up?  Be a friend.  What is their story?  Write it up and send it along (of course, with their permission).  The more voices that speak up, the better Councilor Pressley will be able to help set up suppport services.

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