Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support line
If you’re a grandparent or other relative raising a family member’s child, you can get information and advice from the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Support Line to:
Children and Family Development
or solve problems
The GRG Support Line is staffed by two part-time advocates trained in advocacy, social work, family law, and government services related to kinship caregiving. Contact the GRG Support Line:
grgline (at) parentsupportbc.ca
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10am to 2pm.
Outside of office hours, leave a voicemail message or send an email, which will be returned as soon as possible..
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, Sunshine Coast, Kelowna, Kamloops 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!
Grandchildren Legal Guide
Parent Support Services has developed a Legal Guide for Grandparents and other caregivers raising their relatives. Click on the button below to find PDF copies of all the chapters of the Legal Guide (Updated as of 2014).
Our Special Events
PSS holds summer picnics, a Galiano Nature Camp, Grandparents’ Day Festivities, and other social events for kinship care families to connect with one another and have a bit of respite from day-to-day life. To find out what is happening contact GRGline@parentsupportbc.ca or call 1-855-474-9777.
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.” Watch this powerful and emotionally charged 27:17 min documentary.
Kinship Care Issues in the News
Grandparents and the Pandemic – https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/grandparents-covid-19-pandemic-1.5703392 and https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-91-the-early-edition/clip/15794372-parental-guidance-making-sure-parents-children-remain-connected?share=true
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and Kinship Care – Interview with PSS’s Jane Bouey and Carol Madsen on Co-op Radio’s Both Sides Now with Bernadine Fox https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmziWnxBDtc&feature=youtu.be
BC Budget Announcement
Prince George (CKPG Today) – https://ckpgtoday.ca/2019/09/08/parent-support-services-society-celebrates-grandparents-at-annual-event/
Radio – The Goat https://www.myprincegeorgenow.com/83613/83613/
Radio – CKPG https://ckpgtoday.ca/article/538681/international-grandparents-day
Print – https://www.vancourier.com/community/grandparents-day-festival-and-stroll-in-new-west-sept-9-1.23415467
Radio – https://soundcloud.com/pss-jane-b-pss/jane-bouey-talking-grandparents-day-on-takes-a-village-with-molly-caron
TV – CTV https://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1475422 Begins at 11:14.***
TV – French CBC No link available
Radio – https://soundcloud.com/pss-jane-b-pss/carol-madsen-on-grandparents-day-radio-canada-2018-09-07
Print – BC Teachers’ Federation – Social Justice Newsletter https://bctf.ca/SocialJustice.aspx?id=50948
Online – BC Council of Families – https://www.bccf.ca/bccf/blog/more-grandparents-raising-grandchildren/
Victoria Program Coordinator Annette De Boer live interview with Oak Bay News
Kamloops Connector Story Connector_Sept17_GRG-story(1)
New Westminster Record – Celebrate-Grandparents-Day-in-the-Royal-City(1)
August 29th Interview with Carol Madsen – CFRO 100.5 FM
Media coverage of the 2015 launch of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Telling Our Stories
A powerful interview with Grandparent Bernadine Fox: listen
Grandparent Bernadine and her granddaughter Avy on Radio Canada TV discussing our documentary Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Telling Our Stories (Interviews in English): watch video
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 on the right.