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Grandparent-Led Families Need Help During The Shutdown - Transylvania County


Last updated 4/15/2020 at 4:22pm

Grandparents raising grandchildren are struggling during this time of self-isolation and home schooling. They are dealing with parenting 24/7, helping kids keep up in school, learning all the new technology that is required to help with school, and cooking three meals a day. They are doing all of this while worrying about their health and their bank account, and all of this is happening at a time in their lives when they thought that the demands on their time would be slowing down.

The exact number of grandparent-led families in Transylvania County is not known but is estimated to be about 1,000. Lack of support for these families increases their feelings of isolation.

A new free online support group is forming for grandparents who are raising grandkids. It will focus on issues they are facing right now during this coronavirus shutdown, including handling challenging behaviors, homeschooling, and using this time to build resiliency in our kids. The day/time will be set by the group participants.

Topics will include Surviving the Coronavirus Shutdown (with Carol Lozier, author of “The Adoptive & Foster Parent Guide: How to Heal Your Child’s Trauma and Loss”); Homeschooling During the Coronavirus Shutdown (with Heather Forbes, author of “Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control: A Love-Based Approach to Helping Attachment-Challenged Children With Severe Behaviors”); Challenging Behaviors Triggered by the Coronavirus Crisis (with Amanda Purvis, TBRI ® Trainer with The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development); Using This Time to Develop Resiliency in our Kids (with Roxanne Thompson, clinical director at The Institute for Attach-ment & Child Develop-ment); How to Juggle Kids, Schooling & Work During Coronavirus (with Julie Beem, director of the Attach-ment and Trauma Network).

Do not let the fact that this group will be online intimidate you — the technology is very easy to use with your phone or tablet and we can help you every step of the way. We have never found someone that we could not help get comfortable with the technology.

The group will be led by experienced online facilitators from the local nonprofit, Creating a Family: Supporting Adoptive, Foster, & Kinship Families, with the support of grants from the Pisgah Health Foundation and Lake Toxaway Charities. For more information contact or (828) 862-8200.


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