Caring for a grandchild is a rewarding but stressful task. Finding
others who understand your experiences can be a great relief. Many grandparents find support groups help in dealing
with the emotions that accompany becoming a parent again.
Support groups offer a safe atmosphere in which to share information, concerns, feelings, solutions, and coping strategies with others going through similar experiences.
It is important to keep in mind that a support group is not a substitute for private counseling. The main goal of a support group is to create a warm, non-judgmental atmosphere where members can share information and discuss concerns. Other primary goals are to promote fellowship and lessen the feelings of isolation, give support and encouragement to others, share coping strategies, work through negative emotions, strengthen self-esteem, concentrate on abilities (not disabilities), exchange ideas and resources, and make new friends.
- The American Association of Retired Persons maintains
a Support Group database for grandparents rearing their grandchildren.
- Search for a Grandparents Support Group in your area.
- If you want to add your group to the AARP database, go to support group registration on the AARP website.
- Information on starting a support group
- State of Arizona – Support Group Training Manual (PDF)
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Last updated: 31 October, 2013
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