“Grand Daughters Rising” Web Series project will follow the daily life struggles of a diverse group of five daughters being raised by their grandmothers.
“Custodial grandparenting“ or grandparents raising grandchildren on their own is happening all across America. It crosses across all lines of gender, class, and ethnic lines. In fact in some cities such as Pennsylvania alone, nearly 60,000 children are being raised by their grandparents.
Often the reason why so many grandparents are stepping in stems from the absence of the parent who is out of the picture due to “drugs, prison, military deployment, mental illness, (or) all of those reasons.”
Fortunately, there are programs such as “SOWN” (a.k.a. Supportive Older Women’s Network) in North Philadelphia that help. They offer services such as weekly support group sessions, counseling and providing information on needed resources that grandparents who have become parents again. If interested in the program or have questions in regards to the program, visit their website or call their PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040.
Another great organization to look to for support group is NEPA Intergenerational Coalition (click to go to home page) that provides a support and advocacy network for grandparents and relatives raising children and provides “caregivers with the tools so they can raise the children in a safe, nurturing and loving environment.”