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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren NSW for Grandparents, Relatives and Kinship Carers

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"Grandparents Raising Grandchildren NSW" for Grandparents, Relatives and Kinship Carers

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About GRG

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren NSW (GRG NSW) - represents an alliance of grandparents who have full-time care and responsibility of their grandchildren across New South Wales. It is an initiative of COTA (NSW) which has come about following a decade of research and collaboration with grandparent support groups and community service representatives.

In particular:

GAPA (Grandparents As Parents Again)

Samaritans (Grandparent Support Groups Hunter)

Western Sydney Grandcarers (Grandparent Support Group Penrith)

Van Kinship Care (PANOC Penrith)

GAGS (Grandparents and Grandchildren Society Australia Inc)

Over time as needs and members have changed, the GRG has transformed to include relative and kinship carers in recognition that many relative and kinship carers are older people.

This website and package was made possible by the Sydney Community Foundation grant in 2005. The donation which made this possible was given by a grandson in remembrance of the grandparents who raised him. COTA NSW is grateful for this initial contribution which enabeld this webstite and our work in this area until 2009.

In 2010, COTA NSW, through funds from the NSW Department of Human Services, Ageing Disability and Home Care, has been able to continue its work in supporting grandparents raising grandchildren through the Grandparent Support Group Project. The funded project commenced in October 2010 and will be completed in January 2012 and will be establishing grandparent support groups across NSW.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren NSW (GRG NSW) is a resource for grandparents, relatives and kinship carers providing timely and useful information on services, networks, tips, stories and support available to carers.

GRG ...where do you go for help? - Information Package

There is no doubt that the role of becoming a parent the second time around is very different to the first. Our research has shown, and Grandparents often talk of, the major upheaval to their lives; the isolation, the energy drain and the financial and legal difficulties they face. There is often little preparation for the new role they have taken on with the host of unforseen problems they encounter.

At the same time grandparents talk of the love they feel for their grandchildren and the satisfaction that comes from being able to protect and nurture them. They share stories of challenge and perseverance. They speak of the joy they feel in watching their grandchildren thrive and in the giving and receiving of love.

This new life can be daunting without good supports and clear information.

GRG ...where do you go for Help? aims to offer support through clear, reliable information and a place to share.

Kinship Carers

GRG NSW recognises that grandparents who are raising their grandchildren are members of a wide range of kinship carers who devote their lives to the children in their care.

While the information contained within this website by necessity of funding bodies is directed to grandparents raising grandchildren, it is hoped that all kinship carers might benefit from and contribute to the ongoing expansion and development of this vital information.