Advocacy for grandparents raising grandchildren and other young relatives continues in Missouri. Providing resources and information as well as support for this unique group of “parents again” is the centerpiece of the many GrandFamily Conferences that are staged annually in the state.
In collaboration with The Centre and University of Missouri Extension, AARP Missouri hosted the most recent conference for grandparents who are parenting for the second time in life. The GrandFamily Conference held at The Centre in Rolla attracted more than 30 individuals.
Beginning with a complimentary continental breakfast, attendees participated in a series of concurrent workshops. The first workshop was “Family Dynamics,” presented by Sarah Traub, Human Development & Family Studies specialist with the University of Missouri Extension. Chad Lewis, a behavioral therapist presented “Helping Families with Behavioral Issues.”
The second track of concurrent sessions was “Development & Positive Discipline for Children Ages Birth to Five Years,” presented by Sara Gable, University of Missouri Extension. The final session was a focus on “Legal Issues” presented by a panel of experts: Emily Woodward, Esq., attorney with Woodward & Joyner, LLC; Lauran Mueller, Children’s Division; and Lt. Rick Williams, Rolla Police Department.
Upcoming GrandFamily Conferences slated for the Bootheel will be held on October 23 in Cape Girardeau, and on November 1 in Caruthersville. All conferences are free and open to the public and include a complimentary continental breakfast and lunch. Free onsite childcare with supervised activities. GrandFamily Conference participants also have an opportunity to enjoy door prizes that are presented at the end of the day presentations.
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