Twenty-three grandparent friendly agencies were recognized for their accomplishments at a recognition tea on Tuesday, December 4, 2001, at 4:30 p.m. in the WSU Kettering Center Lobby at 140 E. Monument Avenue in Dayton.
Since 1996 more than 40 organizations and advocates have been working together to become better informed about the needs and problems encountered by kinship caregivers. The Grandparents/Grandchildren Initiative Network (GP/GCI) is working to identify the barriers that exist for caregivers accessing services and also to enhance the existing services available to them. Agencies were evaluated on how easily their services are accessed, types of services offered, and how they collaborate with other agencies and train their staff.
There are a growing number of children who are being raised by their grandparent(s) or other relatives. This return to a parenting situation often causes problems for both the children and the kinship caregiver. Because of this, organizations that serve either adults or children are seeing an increase in the number of people seeking services who are in a kinship care relationship.
Organizations to be recognized for their contributions to improving services to kinship caregivers are:
- Area Agency On Aging; Catholic Social Services-Missions Services
- Children's Medical Center
- Combined Health District-Child Health Program
- Dayton Black Family Coalition
- Dayton Public Schools-Family Life/Even Start
- Erma's House-Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley
- Family Stability Program-Diversion Team
- Girl Scouts of Buckeye Trails Council
- Legal Aid Society of Dayton
- Montgomery County Department of Jobs and Family Services
- Montgomery County Early Intervention Consortium-Starting Point
- Montgomery County Support Enforcement Agency; Ombudsman's Office
- Parents Advancing Choice in Education and Parents Network
- Partnership for Youth, Inc.
- Samaritan Center for Youth Resources
- Supporting Council of Preventive Effort (SCOPE)
- STARS Program-Dayton Public Schools
- St. Joseph Children's Treatment Center
- South Community, Inc.
- Sunrise Center, and
- Womanline of Dayton, Inc.