Conference Helps Area Families

November 17, 2018

Editor: Recently, the NEPA Intergenerational Coalition sponsored its 12th annual Grandparents Raising Grandchildren conference and attracted over 200 people to the Pittston Memorial Library. This included many grandparents and representatives of social service agencies who serve this growing demographic. In addition to many presenters, there were over 40 vendor table booths that provided important information. The conference was started through the coalition initiated by the Luzerne County Human Services Department, the Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne/Wyoming Counties, and the then-Jewish Family Service of Greater Wilkes-Barre. These entities, and many others who joined the coalition deserve great credit for their support of any family that has found a need to have grandparents and other relative caregivers be the principal “second time around” facilitator of their grandchildren. It is an important role being played by relatives who at one time thought their raising of biological children was the basis for a lifetime of support and love. There are over 2.5 million youngsters being raised by grandparents across the nation, 88,000 families in Pennsylvania where the primary role is being played by grandparents and thousands in northeastern Pennsylvania. We want to commend all of those families who have undertaken a new responsibility and suggest that if any family facing this situation needs help, they should contact the coalition at the Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St., Pittston, PA 18640 or e-mail the undersigned at grossmanhj@aol.com. We would be pleased to answer any questions that families raising grandchildren may have or refer Grandparents Raising Grandchildren families to an appropriate responder such as one of several support groups where grandparents can interact with other grandparents facing the same need. Howard J. Grossman, AICP Chair NEPA Intergenerational Coalition Pittston Memorial Library PITTSTON

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