'Helping Grandparents to Raise Healthy, Hopeful Grandchildren'
A forum at the Legislative Office Building, Hartford, November 28, 2006
Connecticut children live in households headed by
grandparents. To assist these grandparents, three agencies—the Connecticut Commission on Children,
AARP Connecticut, and
United—hosted a conference where a panel of experts
offered useful information on issues like subsidized
guardianship, child psychology, child health, child
development, education, and probate.
Nearly 300 grandparents
attended, creating a powerful presence at the Capitol.
The speakers included:
- Jaia Peterson Lent,
public policy and outreach director of Generations
United. She spoke on the importance of "knowing your
- Dr. Robert Windom, a
physician at the Hill Health Center in New
Haven who knows the special developmental needs of
children being raised by grandparents.
- Carolyn Jackson,
grandparents task force leader, AARP Connecticut.
Carolyn is a grandparent who successfully navigated the
maze of social-service restrictions that often confront
grandparents. She benefited from subsidized
guardianship, in which the state transfers legal
responsibility for a minor child to a grandparent, who
is then provided with a monthly subsidy for the care and
support of the child.
A panel discussion followed,
with the speakers joined by:
- Sandy Matlack, program
supervisor, Bureau of Adoption and Interstate Compact
Services, Department of Children and Families (DCF);
- Linda Moriber, senior
vice-president, 2-1-1 Infoline; and
- Amanda Saunders Brock,
public assistance consultant, Department of Social
grandparents were invited to lunch in the Old Judiciary Room
of the state Capitol, where they had an opportunity to
gather everything from gift books for their grandchildren to
recipes for healthy meals. Handouts on school readiness, the
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, the HUSKY health
insurance program, and other resources were also available.
To access many of these
resources, visit our Grandparents
among those who attended. From left: Representative Marie
Kirkley-Bey of Hartford with Children and Families
Commissioner Darlene Dunbar, and Senator Edith Prague of
Columbia with COC Legislative Director Elizabeth C. Brown.