My daughter has been struggling for years with addiction. She was recently arrested and is now incarcerated. I had to take in her two children, my grandchildren, as she is no longer able to care for them and they do not have a relationship with their father. I’m struggling because I am retired, living on Social Security, and am having a hard time affording the things the children need. Do you know of any help out there?
Dear Parenting Grandparent,
Thank you for your question. This is a challenging situation that many families are facing. Fortunately, there are organizations that can help. ServiceLink Resource Center would be a great place to start for support, education, and guidance on local resources and services. For example, ServiceLink helps connect family members taking care of a relative child with small respite grants through the NH Family Caregiver Program. Additionally, the Family Resource Center at Lakes Region Community Services offers a Parenting the Second Time Around support group where they cover topics such as: child development, living with teens, discipline and guidance, legal issues, advocacy, and more. Navigating Recovery of the Lakes Region is another great, local resource that offers education sessions for family members that have been impacted by substance use disorder as well. As you already know, parenting is just as challenging as it is rewarding. Self-care is essential. Your psychological health is just as important as your physical health. Take time to go for a walk, paint, write, listen to music, spend time in the garden or with your friends. Don’t be afraid to seek support from others when you need it.
To connect with your local ServiceLink, please call 1-866-634-9412 and ask to speak with a Caregiver Specialist. For more information about services or programs offered through Lakes Region Community Services Family Resource Center or Navigating Recovery of the Lakes Region visit: www.lrcs.org/family-resource-center and www.navigatingrecovery.org.
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