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 promptly. 

GRG Support Line Contacts:

  • By phone in the Lower Mainland: (604) 558-4740
  • By phone toll-free province-wide: 1-855-474-9777
  • By 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!

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 .  

Events

Parent Support Services hosts different regional events incelebration and support of grandparents raising grandchildren and the children they are raising.  

The GRG Annual Summer Picnics

The annual GRG Summer Picnics, which are hosted in four regions across BC, provide an occasion to foster 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. PSS provides food, refreshments, entertainment and prizes which are given away to the grandparents and grandchildren at the picnic. The Lower Mainland GRG Summer Picnic, hosted in Queen’s Park, New Westminster, often sees an attendance of over eighty GRG’s and their grandchildren.

Thank you to this year's donors!

 

 

The GRG Overnight Galiano Retreat

Is this trip right for your family? Here are some important details to help you decide:

  • It is best suited for children 5 years old and over
  • Grandparents are expected to participate with the children
  • You will need to make your own way to the ferry terminal and pay for parking
  • There is considerable time spent walking during the Conservancy programming (both days)
  • Cabins may be shared to allow as many families as possible to participate

pss fundrasing from Green Waves Video Production on Vimeo.

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.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Telling Our Stories

Over the years, Parent Support Services Society of BC (est. 1974) has heard more and more from this growing population of grandparents who raise their grandchildren.

GRG in BC wanted to make a video so that their stories would be heard and understood.  PSS agreed to help.

Making a video is an expensive project. We urgently need your help to tell these powerful and inspiring stories.