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Have You Heard About the Grandparent Project?

Posted 6 months ago by Heather H

Posted in Children and Parenting and Education | Tagged with grandparent project, grandparents, parenting and parenting resources

More than 10 percent of Ohio households consist of grandparents raising grandchildren, and with opioids ravaging communities everywhere, that number is growing. Many people need help navigating the legal, financial and educational worlds that have changed considerably since their first go-round as parents.

Several organizations in Toledo have been working to assist this community of caregivers, and TLCPL has been working diligently to bring everyone together. Such instances are opportunities for the Library to exercise its role in the community as a convener or catalyst (as well as a safe, constructively minded place) for community conversations.

The Grandparent Project offers grandparents the opportunity to gain real insights and information from attorneys, judges, social workers and community leaders, breaking down barriers to necessary resources. And through interactive events designed to reduce the isolation so many grandparents feel, they meet people facing the same challenges — and know they’re not alone.

Legal Sessions

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April 9 | 6 p.m. | West Toledo

With Judges Ned Adya, Jack Puffenberger and Connie Zemmelman  

April 24 | 6 p.m. | Kent
With Attorney J.P. Smith  

Experts will share information on the legal issues facing grandparents who are raising grandchildren. Topics will include custody, court information and guardianship.

Emotions Sessions

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May 14 | 6 p.m. | West Toledo

May 22 | 6 p.m. | Kent

With Psychology Professor Dr. Larry Godfrey  

Dr. Godfrey will share information on bullying and grief, provide resources for helping both grandparents and grandchildren better handle emotions and difficult situations.

There is no cost or registration needed to attend. For more information or questions, please call 419.259.5290. Dinner and a youth program are a part of all sessions, so grandparents are also invited to bring their grandchildren.

Thanks to the following sponsors for providing support for the dinner: The Pat Miller Foundation, Eleanor Kahle Senior Center, Library Legacy Foundation, Boomers Resource, Informed Citizens, and United States Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.

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