For one thing, the Families Raising Families Group will be having a meeting in the science and social studies lab at 11 a.m. on Dec. 18. The group was formed by Rose Taylor, who started working at the Center in 2005. She said she was taking care of three grandchildren and wondered how many others were going through the same kinds of experiences that she was. She said they usually meet and eat lunch while talking about various issues that affect them. Sometimes there is a guest speaker. Although the group used to meet every month, they now meet every other month. Although attendance has decreased because of members’ family problems, Taylor said she is hoping to is hoping to get every member there at the same time this month and sent Christmas cards to everyone on her list.
The group is not only for people raising their grandchildren, but for anyone taking care of a family member who isn’t their child. It can be aunts, uncles or even cousins. Taylor said that the group discusses court appearances and their individual situations. Although many people end up fighting the children’s parents for custody, many other parents don’t want custody, she said. An issue that comes up often is trying to get financial help from the child’s parents.
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