Upcoming GrandCares Classes (PTC for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren & Other Kinship Caregivers)

Bozeman Public Library, 626 E. Main St. ~ Bozeman
January 12 through February 16, 2017
Thursdays ~ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 
(10:00 AM - 12:00 PM on January 12 and February 16 only)
There is no fee for these classes.

States Office Building, 2504 Tradewinds Way ~ Thompson Falls
February 16 through March 30 2017
Thursdays ~ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (filling snacks and refreshments provided) 
There is no fee for these classes.

Having Fun with Young Children by Cindy Christin, Supervisor, Children’s Services, Bozeman Public Library
A great resource describing how young children learn and how your local public library can be an excellent resource!

Generations United Releases State of Grandfamilies: 2016 Report

The State of Grandfamilies: 2016 report has been released by Generations United.
This report features solutions and support for Grandfamilies raising children of the opioid epidemic. Check out the entire State of Grandfamilies: 2018 report.

Grandfamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy (Vol. 3, Issue 1)

The latest issue of Grandfamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy is now available. 
The articles include "A family right to care: Charting the legal obstacles" by Gerard W. Wallace Esq. and 
"Concerns and supports of grandfamilies using formal services: Do they have the help they need?" by
Susan M. Collins, Christine A. Fruhauf, and Kimberly Bundy-Fazioli. See the entire issue.

New KIDS COUNT Policy Report on the Impact of Parental Incarceration on Kids, Families and Communities

The Annie E.Casey Foundation released its latest KIDS COUNT® policy report, 
A Shared Sentence: The Devastating Toll of Parental Incarceration on Kids, Families and Communities
The report outlines recommendations state and local leaders can adopt to help the more than 5 million children 
(many of whom live with relative caregivers, including grandparents) who struggle with the emotional and financial instability of having an incarcerated parent.

GRG and Kinship Family Fact Sheet Now Available.

A new fact sheet describing the issue of grandparent- and kin-headed households in Montana and in the nation
is now available. This is a great sheet for anyone wanting to understand and describe the importance and impact 
of these families. Download the GRG and Kinship Family Fact Sheet.

GRG MontGuide Updated with NEW Resources!
The MSU Extension MontGuide, "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: What to Do the Second Time Around", 
has been updated with all new information and contact information for important state and national resources.
Download your free copy of the GRG MontGuide.

Generations United Releases State of Grandfamilies: 2015 Report
The State of Grandfamilies: 2015 report has been released by Generations United. This report features the top ten states, of which Montana is one, that offer supportive services and resources to grandfamilies. Check out the entire Generations United Releases State of Grandfamilies: 2015 report.

The Montana Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Bureau Develops Program Guide.
The Health Program Guide lists out all the Chronic Disease Bureau’s community health programs that are 
available and a brief description about the program. See the Health Program Guide.

The Montana Lifespan Respite Coalition and the State Lifespan Respite program has launched a respite voucher program.
This is great news for our GRGs throughout Montana who may be in need of assistance in this area.
This page features links to the informational brochure describing the Montana program as well as the voucher application.

Caretaker Relative Affidavits Available for Download
Caretaker relatives may need to have affidavits allowing them to make education and medical decisions. 
These forms are authorized by 40-6-502 MCA (medical) and 20-5-503 MCA (education).
Caretaker Relative's Educational Authorization Affidavit
Caretaker Relative's Medical Authorization Affidavit 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Joins Our Family of Partners
The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.  BBBS matches children with positive, long-term adult mentors who become a friend, confidant, and additional support in their life.  As a grandparent raising your grandchildren, they want to be a resource to you and your grandkids.  They accept children ages 5-15, their services are offered free of charge and they work diligently to match your grandchild with a mentor who matches their interests, needs and personality.  If you have any questions or want to learn more about BBBS, please contact your local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency.

New National Reports Available
"Coresident Grandparents and Their Grandchildren: 2012" - A Report from the United States Census Bureau
"The State of Grandfamilies in America: 2014" - A Report from Generations United
"FOSTER CARE: HHS Needs to Improve Oversight of Fostering Connections Act Implementation" - A Report from the United States Government Accountability Office

Grand Success: Stories of Lives Well Raised
This booklet from our friends at Generations United offers inspirational stories of being raised by grandparents, as well as recommendations on what needs to be done to assist grandparents in raising happy, healthy children. Download the booklet.

Policy Brief Summary: Improving Grandfamilies' Access to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Ana Beltran, Special Advisor to Generations United's National Center on Grandfamilies, provides information on the initiative to revise Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to more adequately assist kinship families. Read the summary, or read the entire brief.

Montana AARP to offer Financial Fraud Seminars in Seven Montana Communities
In March, April and May, Montana AARP will offer Financial Fraud Seminars in Bozeman, Helena, Billings, Butte, Kalispell, Missoula and Great Falls. Download the AARP Financial Fraud Seminar poster for more information and RSVP information.

Flooding & Clean-Up Resources Available
Spring is here and, in certain parts of Montana, that means flooding and clean-up. View a list of resources to help families clean up and maintain physical and emotional health during this trying time. Also, check out the MontGuide, Helping Children Cope with Natural Disasters, for tips on how to keep families intact, safe and healthy.

The Great Falls Tribune Salutes Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
In the February 26, 2014 edition of the Great Falls Tribune, the Tribune editorial board wrote of their support of Montana grandfamilies and the support they receive from the GRG Project and the countless volunteers and professionals who assist them. Thank you Great Falls Tribune for recognizing these important families! Read the Great Falls Tribune article.

Montana Services for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Service Guide has been Updated 
The GRG Project guide to Montana services has been updated. Check out the electronic version electronic version of the GRG Project guide.

Generations United Introduces Fact Sheet Explaining TANF Program 
Generations United has developed the Fact Sheet, Grand Resources: A Fact Sheet for Grandparent and Relative Caregivers to Help Access Support through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program. Click here to download this informative guide about this very valuable program. Learn more about Generations United on their website.

Family & Consumer Science Resources Available
The MSU Family & Consumer Science Specialists in Family & Human Development, Family Finance, Food & Nutrition, and Housing & Environmental Health have compiled a list of resources that will aid families in keeping all members safe and healthy. See the Family & Consumer Science list of resources.

Talking to Children With Incarcerated Parents
Download this 48-page guide to talking with children with incarcerated parents: Family Members Behind Bars: Difficult Questions Children Ask...And How to Answer Them. This "toolkit" of information and resources was created in 2006 by MAFTI, the Montana Alliance of Families Touched by Incarceration, to help families and children navigate through this difficult time in their lives.

GRG Has Four New Contacts!
We are welcoming four new contacts to the GRG family: Erin Crabtree and Kelly Moore, who will both serve the Missoula area; Jackie Stoeckel, who will serve the Helena area; and Kay Medicine Bull, who will serve the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. Welcome to all of you! See all the contacts in Montana.

Generations United Introduces Resource Guide and Resource Directory for Raising Children With Disabilities
Generations United has developed Grand Resources: A Grandparent’s and Other Relative’s Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities and a companion resource directory. Both of these documents can be found on the Generations United website. Download your copies of these valuable resources.

GRG Project founder, Dr. Sandra Bailey, receives the 2014 Montana State University Provost's Excellence in Outreach Award
On January 7, 2014, Dr. Sandra Bailey, received the 2014 Montana State University Provost's Excellence in Outreach Award. This award honors an MSU faculty member for developing effective outreach programs and innovative partnerships.

The GRG Project Receives Generations United's 2013 Grandfamilies Award
On August 1, 2013, at the 17th Annual Generations United International Conference in Washington, D.C., GRG Project Director, Dr. Sandra Bailey, accepted the 2013 Grandfamilies Award.  This award honors an organization, professional, or relative caregiver that has made an outstanding contribution to the field of grandparents and other relative caregivers raising children. Learn more about Generations United.