Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Project
In Montana, and other areas around the country, there is a growing population of grandparents who are called upon to be the primary caregiver(s) to their grandchildren. Today, more than 6,600 grandparents in Montana are raising their grandchildren. As a result of the increasing need, Montana State University Extension has teamed up with Montana DPHHS, Montana AARP, and several other state agencies and organizations to provide services and support to grandparents who are faced with the challenges associated with raising their grandchildren.
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. Click here to see the list.
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 Three New Contacts!
We are welcoming three new contacts to the GRG family: Erin Crabtree and Kelly Moore, who will both serve the Missoula area and Jackie Stoeckel who will serve the Helena area. Welcome to all of you! Click here to see the updated list of statewide contacts.
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. Click here to download your copies of these valuable resources.
Glendive Area Offers Support and Education
Family Life Institute in Glendive offers a parent/grandparent support group every Monday at noon. They also offer a variety of family and parenting education and resources. Click here for more details and contact information.
Bozeman Area Support Group to Start Again Monday, September 30th
The support group serving the Gallatin and Park County areas will resume on Monday, September 30th. The group meets every other Monday at 10:00 AM at the Gallatin Valley YMCA. Click here for more details and contact information.
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.
This award belongs to all of you—the caregivers and your families, the partnering agencies and organizations, the support group leaders and contacts, the community members, and the funders and supporters. Thank you for investing your time, energy and passion in supporting our Montana grandfamilies!
Click here to learn more about Generations United.
The August 2013 Newsletter is Now Available!
Check out the new issue of the GRG Newsletter for information on:
~Making the Best of Homework
~OPI's Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Program
~GRG's Newest Support Group
~Free Nutrition Classes
~Discipline With Kindness and Love
GRG Project Initiatives
A State Level Task Force & Partnership
This partnership addresses the statewide needs of the GRG Project.
A Network of Support Groups
There are many existing support groups in Montana communities and still more
forming. Click here for a list of Montana support contacts (updated October, 2013).
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Facilitator Training is a one-day workshop to train GRG's and others to facilitate support groups in their communities. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a facilitator.
A listserv is available for individuals interested in GRG Issues when they arise. Please contact us to get on the listserv.
Upon request, speakers are available on topics related to GRG and the Montana project. Contact us to inquire about availability.
This publication provides facilitators of support groups, grandparents and others interested individuals with information on topics of interest to grandparents raising
grandchildren in Montana. Click here to access all newsletter back issues.
The research team at Montana State University is currently studying grandparent wellbeing. Other topics studied in the past include GRG mental health, role conflict, ambiguity in relationships, child behavior problems, stress, and social support. Click here to see a list of scholarly and popular publications and presentations featuring research by the GRG Project team.
Workshops and conferences are offered for Montana grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and service providers who work with them.
- MSU Extension
- Montana AARP
- Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
- Montana PBS
- Various Tribal Partners
- Montana Child Care Resource and Referral
- Montana Head Start Collaboration
- Montana Office of Public Instruction
- Montana Alliance for Families Touched by Incarceration
- The Brookdale Foundation of New York
- The Montana CYFAR Building Community Strengths Project
- The Montana Children's Trust Fund
- Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
- Beim Foundation
- MSU College of Education, Health and Human Development
- Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation
- Montana AARP
- Kappa Omicron Nu
The Very Important Roles of Grandparents
Family “Watchdog” Helping family members during times of crisis.
Nurturer Nurturing family values and providing emotional support.
Family Historian Providing a sense of family history and passing down rituals, traditions, and family values.
Companion Forming special relationships with grandchildren.
Why Children Feel Close to Grandparents
°My grandparent is an enjoyable person to be with."
°My grandparent has expressed special interest, love, and appreciation for me."
°I have great admiration for my grandparent- the attitudes and values
or the things my grandparent has accomplished."
°I can relax and feel comfortable around my grandparent."
°My grandparent helps me feel proud of myself."
°I know my grandparent will always be available to help me or
encourage and support me."
°My grandparent listens to and understands me and treats me as an individual."
°My grandparent’s admiration makes me want to be a credit to my grandparent."
°My grandparent expresses much affection for me with words and hugs."
°My grandparent has taught me many things."
Source: Kennedy, G.E. (1991). Grandchildren’s reasons for closeness with grandparents. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 6, 697-712 as cited in Parenting: A Life Span Perspective by Carole Martin & Karen Culbert, 1997.