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Telling Our Stories Documentary
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Telling Our Stories (27:17 min Documentary)
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 Research
The State of Kinship Care in BC
A major study into kinship care in BC was carried out 2019-2020. Parent Support Services Society conducted this research in partnership with the University of Northern BC (UNBC). We learned from grandparents raising their grandchildren and other relatives raising a relative’s child across BC. A survey was distributed, and focus groups and interviews were held across the province.
Download the full report here:
Kinship Care Profile – The State of Kinship Care in BC
Who conducted this study?
Steering Committee Members
Susan Burke – UNBC School of Social Work
Jane Bouey – Project Manager, Parent Support Services of BC.
Carol Madsen – Executive Director, Parent Support Services of BC
Louise Costello – Board of Directors, Parent Support Services Society of BC
Glen Schmidt – UNBC School of Social Work
Michelle Reid – Nicola Valley Institute of Technology – Social Work
Patricia Barkaskas – Indigenous Communities Legal Clinic – UBC School of Law
How this research might benefit you:
The goal of this research is to directly inform social policy and practice changes and legal reform for kinship caregivers.
Who funded this study:
This research was funded by The Permanency and Adoption Fund of the Victoria Foundation, the Vancouver Foundation, Parent Support Services Society of BC, and the Law Foundation of BC.
Kinship Care Issues in the News
Victoria Program Coordinator Annette De Boer – live interview with Oak Bay News
Kamloops Connector Story – Connector_Sept17_GRG-story
New Westminster Record – Celebrate-Grandparents-Day-in-the-Royal-City
CFRO 100.5 FM – Interview with Carol Madsen
Telling Our Stories
Media coverage of the 2015 launch of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren:
Grandparent Bernadine and her grandchild Ace on Radio Canada TV discussing our documentary Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Telling Our Stories
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.
Kinship Care Specific Resources
You can view more of our Kinship Care Specific Resources on the resources page
Parent Support Services Makes A Difference
“The most comfortable place for exploring and finding better ways in dealing with present challenges; with our mutual knowledge and experience we are stabilizing and reinforcing the platform from which our children can lead in the future with more self-confidence, love and understanding.”