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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2001

Free Conference Offers Practical Help
for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

DAYTON, OHIO--"Second Time Around: Practical Help for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren" will be held Thursday, April 26, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the Girl Scouts Buckeye Trails Council, 450 Shoup Mill Road, Dayton.

Sponsored by the Grandparents/Grandchildren Initiative (GPGCI) Network, the conference is free to all kinship caregivers, including free lunches and baby-sitting for preschool children over 1 year of age. The cost for service providers is $15.
Pre-registration for the conference and babysitting is required. To register or for more information, call the Center for Healthy Communities at 937/775-1114.

The conference will include sessions on parenting, education of children, making the most of limited resources, stress management, and legal issues affecting kinship caregivers. Participants also will have an opportunity to share experiences with other kinship caregivers who are raising relative children other than their own.
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 54,000, according to Barbara Fuller, GPGCI program coordinator at the Center for Healthy Communities.

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.