TAYLOR COUNTY— Last year, the Taylor County Board of Education, United Way of Marion and Taylor Counties and the Family Service of Marion and Harrison Counties, Inc teamed up to offer a new program to assist families in Taylor County.
Healthy Grandfamilies is a free initiative led by West Virginia State University to provide in-formation and resources to grandparents who are raising one or more grandchildren.
Healthy Grandfamilies Coordinator Mendy Paugh shared that they are currently enrolling families for their upcoming session in March and they are excited to be offering this program in the county.
The program is a series of free discussion groups to provide information and resources to grandparents who are raising one or more grandchildren.
The program is designed as a series of ten discussion groups and follow-up services. Healthy Grandfamilies is taught by experts in the topic areas from the community.
Each discussion group provides valuable resources along with childcare for attendees and refreshments. Participants will receive a certificate of completion, a gift card and three months of follow-up services for family support from a social worker.
During the sessions, 10 topics will be discussed over the course of eight workshops, ranging from stress management to healthy eating and Internet safety.
Some of the topics included: Parenting in the 21st Century, Family Relationships: A new dynamic, Communication: When no one talks and everyone texts, Technology & Social Media: The dangers, pitfalls & plusses, Nutrition: Balancing diets when everyone is “on the go”, Legal Issues & Documents: Getting past all the legal issues to learn “who is really in charge”, Health Literacy & Self-Care: How to take care of your own health issues in this new family dynamic.
Grandparents will also learn how to manage their stress and the stress of their grandchildren, Negotiating the Public-School System: Learn about Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO) and how to help their grandchildren with homework.
According to social worker and case manager Candace Golaszewski, the program offers key information to grandparents on how to raise a child in the 21st century.
She reported that West Virginia is now tied for first place when it comes to Grandfamilies, where grandparents are the primary caregivers for their grandchildren.
Golaszewski explained that this program is designed to assist and educate grandparents in multiple areas of childhood development, from local professionals who specialize in each topic.
“So, if you’re interested please contact us and apply for a spot in our upcoming spring session starting in March,” voiced Golaszewski.