The federal government passed legislation this year giving grandparents access to public resources.
The idea is to help the 2.6 million children grandparents are now raising.
There is help locally too. A support group for grandparents is just starting up in Carlisle.
It’s the brain child of the Rev. Dr. Donna Hale.
“With the support group, we want them to tell us what they need, and then we can find different speakers and different types of resources,” said Dr. Hale.
Pastor Hale recruited Karen Byers as the support group’s facilitator. She aims to create a caring atmosphere.
“After meeting other grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, I put myself in their place and I’d go home and cry because it’s so difficult,” said Byers.
Also helping is the Sadler Health Center.
“So they came to me and said, ‘Let’s start something,’ and I’m thinking of all these grandparents and great-grandparents and aunts that I see, and I’m like yeah, we do,” said Karina Thoma, Sadler Health Center.
Grandparents and other family members who are raising the children of opioid addicts are invited.
The support group meetings will be the first Tuesday of every month, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Carlisle YWCA. Child care will be made available.
If you, or a loved one, needs help recovering from addiction, this phone number is a good one to call: 1-800-662-HELP (4357). It’s a hotline that’s staffed by trained professionals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.