Parent Support Services Society of BC

    Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

GRG Support Line

This toll-free line assists grandparents and other relatives raising a family member's child to navigate complex services systems such as MCFD; to find the answers, assistance and resources they need to prevent or solve problems; and to learn about benefits and services that will support the whole family.

The GRG Support line is staffed by two part-time advocates with training in advocacy, social work, family law, and government services pertaining to kinship caregiving.  The GRG Support line is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 AM to 3 PM.  At all other times callers are encouraged to leave a voicemail message or send an e-mail, which will be returned as soon as possible. 

GRG Support Line Contacts:

  • By phone toll-free province-wide: 1-855-474-9777
  • By phone in the Lower Mainland: (604) 558-4740
  • By confidential e-mail GRGline@parentsupportbc.ca.

View the GRG Support Line poster.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circles

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Support Circles are anonymous, confidential self-help groups offering weekly or bi-weekly meetings and other activities organized by trained volunteer facilitators. GRG Support Circles help grandparents and others raising a family member’s child learn positive parenting by providing them with a safe atmosphere in which to share their stories and stresses, learn new skills, receive emotional support and discover services and resources. The Circles strengthen the first link in a chain that connects positive caregiving with healthy children, and help healthy families build strong communities.

Currently, Parent Support Services Society of BC offers Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circles in partnership with community agencies in the Lower Mainland, the Fraser Valley, in Victoria and mid/northern Vancouver Island, Kelowna and Prince George. See our GRG Support Circle Flyer for more information, see our list of the GRG Support Circles by location, or contact the Program Coordinator in your region to register!

Circles In Your Area

Grandparents Day Stroll

Sunday, September 11th

Celebrate All Grandparents

Recognize the challenges and important role of grandparents who are raising their grandkids - full time.

Family Activities, Entertainment, Auction & More!

In Lower Mainland - join us in New Westminster at the Quay -

10 am.

Watch for events in your area: Victoria, Central Island, Prince George. 

More info: grgstroll.ca

GRG Nature Camp

Nature Camp - 2016 - to apply click here!

Nature Camps for Grandparent (and other kinship) led families. Activities for kids.

July 26th, 27th, & 28th or August 9th, 10th, & 11th

 Where?

On beautiful Galiano Island. With accommodation at the Madrona Lodge and nature programming by Galiano Conservancy Association.

Cost?

Parent Support Services Society of BC fundraises to cover the costs of:  ferry, accommodations, food and activities.

You need to pay: your own way to Swartz Bay or Tsawwassen ferry terminals; parking if required; and a bagged lunch for the first day!

Is this trip right for your family?

Here are some important details to help you decide:

It is best suited for children between 5 -12 years - who do well in a group setting.

Grandparents are expected to participate with the children and are responsible for their grandchildren throughout.

There is considerable time spent walking (sometimes on uneven terrain) during the Conservancy programming (all 3 days)

Cabins will be shared to allow as many families as possible to participate (Families will not be separated)

Accommodations & facilities are non- smoking 

Applications accepted: April 11th – May 24th, 2016

TO APPLY ONLINE - CLICK HERE

NOTE:

  • Space is limited. Priority will be given to families who have not attended before
  • Filling out an application does not guarrantee a spot
  • Applications considered on a first come, first served basis
  • If there in not enough interest to fill both weeks there may only be one camp
  • The day of departure GRG travelling from Vancouver Island must be at the Swartz Bay ferry terminal no later than 9:45 am.  GRG travelling from the lower mainland must be at the Tsawwassen ferry terminal no later than 9:40 am.
  •  The return ferry to Swartz Bay leaves Galiano Island at 6:15 pm and leaves for Tsawwassen at 5:50 pm.
  • Regardless of the weather conditions, swimming is not permitted during the trip due to the liability risk

Please contact galianotrip@parentsupportbc.ca 1-877-345-9777 for more information.
OR GO TO for more info and to apply online

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-5NSWPJ8AQna4-gTp5MdU08mw03GvRvmSjPgJFiLdgQ/viewform

PSS works hard to ensure that this trip is financially accessible. If you or someone you know is able to make a donation– please go to http://parentsupportbc.ca/donation; or mail cheque to Parent Support Services Society of BC.  204-5623 Imperial St, Burnaby BC V5J 1G1.  All donors will receive tax receipts.  

PDF of  Flyer

Annual Summer Picnics

The annual  Summer Picnics, across BC, provide an occasion for  family and community connectedness and support, to share and learn about PSS and community resources, and to simply come together for food, fun and a care-free afternoon.

Watch here for information about next summer's picnics. 

Thank you to the generous donors to  2014's New Westminster picnic.

 

 

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Telling Our Stories

The  documentary Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Telling Our Stories provides a glimpse into the realities faced by several grandparent led families from across BC. These grandparents didn’t plan to be full time caregivers at this later stage in their lives. Their stories are varied, but many of the threads are the same: loss, isolation, grief, hardship, love and determination. The grandchildren are their priority and they need and deserve, love, stability and all the support possible to ensure they can succeed in life.  “This documentary will make you laugh, make you cry, and we hope, make you think.”

Launched the week of Family Day 2015 across the province - check out these trailers, that give a taste of just some of these diverse and inspiring stories. 



 

Media Coverage - Documentary Launch

Just some of the media coverage of the launch of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Telling Our Stories

Carol Ross, Parent Support Services' former Advocacy & Kinship Care Director is in conversation about raising grandkids (plus we hear from some GRG's themselves). Starts at 22:22 mark. http://podcast.cbc.ca/…/podcas…/bcalmanac_20150210_16777.mp3

A powerful interview with Grandparent Bernadine Fox: http://www.cbc.ca/…/Local+S…/British+Columbia/ID/2652869641/

Grandparent Bernadine and her granddaughter Avy on Radio Canada TV discussing our documentary Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Telling Our Stories (Interviews in English) http://ici.radio-canada.ca/wi…/mediaconsole/medianet/7240793

GRG Legal Seminars

LEGAL SEMINARS FOR KINSHIP CARE PROVIDERS - GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN

Parent Support Services Society of BC has developed informative, interactive, legal information seminars that will outline Kinship Care facts and options, relevant legislation, government and community resources, benefits and services available for grandparents and other relatives raising family members. For more information call 604-669-1616 (toll free 1-877-345-9777) or email office@parentsupportbc.ca .  

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Interview

Jane Bouey of Media Mornings interviews Vanessa Iafolla about Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, the financial challenges they face, and her groundbreaking research.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Advocacy

Grandparents raising grandchildren (GRG) face an number of barriers. Financial barriers they face are exacerbated by policy such as inadequate kinship care benefits and the loss of CPP Disability Benefits upon turning 65.

We encourage advocacy in these areas. For more information check out the documents below.

An example of a letter regarding kinship care benefits.

Information sheet on kinship care benefits.

Information sheet on CPP Disability.

GRG Resources

Information regarding resources for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren can be found here:

http://www.parentsupportbc.vcn.bc.ca/for-grandparents