Relative care families are everywhere. More than six million children across the country—that is approximately one in 12—are living in households headed by grandparents or other relatives who have stepped forward to care for them because parents were either unable or unwilling to raise them. A relative care situation can happen when parents:
• are separated from their child for long periods—either by choice or circumstance (e.g. substance abuse, incarceration, mental or physical illness, or military deployment).
• are unwilling or unable to care for their child full time;
• cannot provide their child with a safe, appropriate environment;
• are deceased.
In New Hampshire, there are more than 10,000 children living in grandparent-headed households. Over 4,500 grandparents reported that they were responsible for their grandchildren who were living with them. There are over 2,300 children living in households headed by other relatives. Of the children living in households headed by grandparents or other relatives in New Hampshire, more than 4,000 are living there without either parent present.
Here you can find some resources to help or guide you if this is your current situation or someone you may know finds themselves in this predicament. If you cannot find resources in your local area, you may find some by looking through and following links to other sites.
Support Groups - Franklin, Laconia, Wolfeboro
~Relatives as Parents Gathering - Franklin Methodist Church, 88 Franklin Street, Franklin. Contact 603-934-3170 for more information.
~Grandparents as Parents, held at Giggles and Grins Family Resource Center, 20 Canal Street, Laconia.
The group meets on the first Monday of every month from 12:00 - 1:30 pm. A light lunch is provided.
Contact: 603-524-2610 or 524-8811 x 175 for more information.
~PARENTING THE SECOND TIME AROUND (PASTA)
Meets: Tuesday evenings
Dinner served at 5:30pm.
The Family Resource Center
719 No. Main Street, Laconia, NH
To register: Contact Tricia T. at 528-0391 or e-mail email@example.com.
~GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN SUPPORT GROUP
Meets: 3rd Tuesday of the month
6:00 to 7:30 pm
180 Main St.
The monthly group will be facilitated by a counselor. Free childcare will be provided as well as light refreshments. To register or for further information please contact Pat Titus at The Children’s Center in Wolfeboro at 569-1027 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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