There is assistance for those who need help with finding resources and connecting with peers when grandparents find themselves raising children. Dreamstime photo

Grandparents group helping those face new challenges in raising children

Often grandparents step in to raise children because parents are unable to

With more than 13,000 children being raised by grandparents or other relatives, the adjustment into parenting is not the only challenge faced by those unexpectedly raising children at an older stage in their life.

Thanks to a partnership between the Comox Valley Transition Society and the Comox Valley Child Development Association, there is assistance for those who need help with finding resources and connecting with peers, amongst other challenges.

“It’s really challenging for people in that place of life. They don’t generally expect to raise children and don’t know how to navigate the systems,” explained Anne Davis, program co-ordinator with the transition society.

Grandparents face unique challenges in caring for their grandchildren and many feel isolated and out of sync with current trends in child-rearing.

Many of the children have experienced trauma and have less than ideal start in life, Davis added.

“It can also be quite isolating. Nobody else in their social circles is suddenly raising a 10-year-old.”

The group began in 2006 as a support network for knowledge and resources, and the number of members has ebbed and flowed in size since its inception.

She noted often grandparents have stepped in to raise children because the parents are unable to raise them due to addiction or violence, or, increasingly, because the parent(s) have died in the opioid crisis.

Currently, it is a weekly group which meets at the transition society every Monday from September to June from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and Davis said many of the members consider each other their extended family.

“The need is there. There’s sometimes multiple children involved, there’s financial implications and so much information to absorb. The long term members of the group who have been through it before and have so much practical knowledge to share.”

Kathy Cruickshank from the Comox Valley Child Development Association said as opposed to foster care, there’s more consistency for a child when they can be raised by a grandparent.

She added research shows children raised in kinship care have better outcomes statistically than those raised in government care and is critical to maintaining family connections, stable relationships and identity.

The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle is by drop-in; for more information about the program, call the transition society at 250-897-0511.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Comox Valley chamber celebrating its centennial in style

Collaboration key to one hundred years of business advocacy

Courtenay’s Public Works inspector cycling the sidewalks in search of trip hazards

Courtenay is on a roll with sidewalk inspections, using two wheels and… Continue reading

Ammonia leak triggers evacuation of the Comox Valley Sports Centre

The centre was evacuated for just over an hour Thursday evening while crews contained the leak

Four Comox Valley dragon boat members earn medals at worlds

National team only fully practised together for a few days in Thailand

First Nations given max compensation for Ottawa’s child-welfare discrimination

2016 ruling said feds didn’t give same funding for on-reserve kids as was given to off-reserve kids

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

Vandals target North Island-Powell River NDP candidate’s office in Comox with swastikas, graffiti

Rachel Blaney’s Comox office has been vandalized with swastikas and tagging overnight Friday.

UVic president offers condolences after two students killed in bus crash

‘We also grieve with those closest to these members of our campus community,’ Cassels says

Coming Home: B.C. fire chief and disaster dog return from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

The pair spent roughly one week on Great Abaco Island assisting in relief efforts

Newcomer Ferland lines up with sniper Pettersson as Vancouver Canucks camp opens

Ferland provides more depth and a scoring threat up front, Pettersson says

Intelligence official charged seemed to be ‘exemplar of discretion’: UBC professor

Professor Paul Evans says he served on Cameron Ortis’s doctoral dissertation committee

B.C. police watchdog to investigate man’s head injury during RCMP arrest

Suspect fled on a bicycle and fell off when an officer attempted to stop him

Nanaimo company gets licence to test psychedelic drugs for therapy treatment

Salvation Botanicals interested in manufacturing, testing and research and development

‘A real shame’: B.C. MLA says factors behind Tolko mill closing should have been caught

Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson said the industry is in bad shape across the province

Most Read