For more information contact: Boonshoft School of Medicine, Judi Engle, Office of Public Relations, (937) 775-2951

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 17, 1999

October 12 conference examines needs
of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

DAYTON, OHIO ­ "Meeting the Needs of Ohio's Kinship Caregivers," a free conference for health and human service providers, kinship-care advocates and caregivers, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the Galbreath Pavillion, Lower Level Room 1, 55 East State Street, in Columbus. The conference runs from 12:30-6:30 p.m.

Grandparents and other kinship caregivers are raising more than 4 million children across the nation. In Ohio the number is estimated to be more than 167,000, according to a task force report given to the Ohio General Assembly in June. Conference participants will have an opportunity to learn more about a new statewide initiative that will improve support services for grandparents raising grandchildren. The conference is intended for legislators and staff, social service providers, kinship-care advocates and caregivers.

Marianne Takas, J.D., will be the featured speaker. She is a child welfare policy consultant and author of Relatives Raising Children. She will discuss "Model State Practices" that enhance support systems for kinship caregivers.

There is no charge for the conference, but pre-registration is required by Tuesday, October 5. To register, or for more information, contact Kelly Wood at (937) 775-1125.

"Meeting the Needs of Kinship Caregivers" is presented by the Center for Healthy Communities in Dayton, Ohio. It is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, through Health Systems Research, Inc.

The Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) is committed to improving health care service delivery and enhancing health professions education. CHC partners include the Dayton community; the College of Nursing and Health, Department of Social Work, and Schools of Medicine and Professional Psychology at Wright State University; the Division of Allied Health Technologies at Sinclair Community College; and the Physician Assistant Program at the Kettering College of Medical Arts.