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:
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, and in 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!
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.
The GRG Overnight Galiano Retreat
Is this trip right for your family? Here are some important details to help you decide: