New resources available for grandparents
For grandparents, the challenges of raising a grandchild can be overwhelming, but two new resources can help.
A free 38-page "Grandparents Acting As Parents Resource and Information Guide" is available for grandparents and other relatives caring for related children.
The guide includes helpful resource numbers and contact information for services in St. Louis City and County, as well as Franklin, Jefferson and St. Charles counties. The resource manual will be available soon on the web at http://outreach.missouri.edu/stlouis/.
A second resource is a new "Relatives as Parents/Grandparents Information Warm-Line." This telephone resource and referral service provides information on public benefits, legal services, support groups and other community services for grandparents and older relatives caring for kin. Cardinal Ritter Institute and Legal Services of Eastern Missouri sponsor the project.
The Warm-Line telephone number is 314-652-3600, ext. 242. Callers should leave a message; a social worker will return the call.
For a copy of the resource guide, call the St. Louis County Extension Center, 314-615-2911.
Elizabeth Reinsch, LCSW/ACSW
Human Development Specialist