West Virginia State University’s (WVSU) Healthy Grandfamilies program will expand its reach into Clay and Jackson counties with sessions beginning this month. The program provides education, support and resources to grandparents who are raising one or more of their grandchildren.
Sessions will begin in Clay County on Monday, Sept. 25, at the Clay County Health Department, 452 Main Street, Clay, WV. All sessions take place weekly from noon to 2:30 p.m. and are free to registered attendees.
“West Virginia currently ranks fourth in the nation for grandparents raising grandchildren,” said Dr. Brenda Wamsley, project co-director and chair of WVSU’s Department of Social Work, a collaborator on the project. “Healthy Grandfamilies is designed to address the unique needs of this family dynamic through education and access to resources and professional support.”
The program consists of 10 discussion sessions focusing on topics such as communications, technology, social media, nutrition, legal issues, stress management, navigating the public school system, 21st century parenting, family response to addiction and more. Participants are provided three months of free follow-up services with the project’s licensed social worker. Such services include assistance with locating community resources, confidential help in meeting unique family needs and advocacy services.
The program began offering its first sessions last year in Kanawha County and has since expanded into Putnam County. The upcoming sessions will introduce the program to Clay and Jackson counties and are being offered through a partnership with West Virginia University Extension Service.
Food will be provided at each session, and children are welcome. Registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Yvonne Lee, the program’s social worker, at 304-766-3098 or email@example.com.
Healthy Grandfamilies is a collaboration between WVSU’s Department of Social Work and WVSU Extension Service and is funded by the USDA’s Capacity Building Grants Program, Award No. 2015-38821-24374.
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