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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 5, 2001

Local Organizations Recognized for
Improving Services to Local Caregivers

DAYTON, OH--Twenty-three grandparent friendly agencies were recognized for their accomplishments at a recognition tea on Tuesday, December 4, 2001, at 4:30 p.m. in the WSU Kettering Center Lobby at 140 E. Monument Avenue in Dayton, OH.

Since 1996 more than 40 organizations and advocates have been working together to become better informed about the needs and problems encountered by kinship caregivers. The Grandparents/Grandchildren Initiative Network (GP/GCI) is working to identify the barriers that exist for caregivers accessing services and also to enhance the existing services available to them. Agencies were evaluated on how easily their services are accessed, types of services offered, and how they collaborate with other agencies and train their staff.

There are a growing number of children who are being raised by their grandparent(s) or other relatives. This return to a parenting situation often causes problems for both the children and the kinship caregiver. Because of this, organizations that serve either adults or children are seeing an increase in the number of people seeking services who are in a kinship care relationship.

Organizations to be recognized for their contributions to improving services to kinship caregivers are:

Area Agency On Aging; Catholic Social Services-Missions Services
Children's Medical Center
Combined Health District-Child Health Program
Dayton Black Family Coalition
Dayton Public Schools-Family Life/Even Start
Erma's House-Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley
Family Stability Program-Diversion Team
Girl Scouts of Buckeye Trails Council
Legal Aid Society of Dayton
Montgomery County Department of Jobs and Family Services
Montgomery County Early Intervention Consortium-Starting Point
Montgomery County Support Enforcement Agency; Ombudsman's Office
Parents Advancing Choice in Education and Parents Network
Partnership for Youth, Inc.
Samaritan Center for Youth Resources
Supporting Council of Preventive Effort (SCOPE)
STARS Program-Dayton Public Schools
St. Joseph Children's Treatment Center
South Community, Inc.
Sunrise Center, and
Womanline of Dayton, Inc.