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Grandparents raising grandchildren

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It’s estimated that nearly one hundred and seventy thousand children lost one caregiver during the pandemic so far. In many cases, grandparents are the ones who step in to provide care and support. How has the pandemic highlighted and exacerbated the challenges grandparents have in this role? What supports and services are available? On The Point, we talk with grandparents, support group leaders, and others, about the challenges and joys of raising grandchildren.
Guests on the program are:
Beverly Costa-Ciavola, Director, Cape Cod Neighborhood Support Coalition offering support work with grandparents raising grandparents.
Jean Calvert, a licensed clinical social worker working with children and families who is also raising a granddaughter.
Additional resources:
Kinship Navigator- assists all kinship caregivers (grandparents and other relatives) with accessing services for themselves and the children they are raising.
Commission on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Cape Cod Foster Closet
Kind hearts 4 kids inc.
capecodfamilyresourcecenter.org
Children's Place
The Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (massgrg.com)
Support After a Death by Overdose
Federation for Children with Special Needs (fcsn.org)
Children Making Strides - Autism Specialists

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Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI.