Helping Grandparents to Raise Healthy, Hopeful Grandchildren
Information and photos from a forum held on November 28,
2006, at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford for
grandparents seeking help in raising their grandchildren.
Sponsored by the Commission, AARP Connecticut, and
Generations United. Visit
An analysis of grandparents' rights under Connecticut law,
issued in September 2006 by the Office of Legislative
Research (OLR), the research office of the state
Download the PDF | Visit
the OLR site
Public Benefits Programs Can Help Grandparents
Guidance from AARP on how to deal with the financial strains
of raising grandchildren.
AARP Grandparenting page | AARP Connecticut page
A free service administered by
the United Way of Connecticut and funded by the Connecticut
Department of Social Services and local United Ways. Just
dial 2-1-1 to get information or to seek help in a crisis.
It's available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
It also features a Kinship Navigator for grandparents,
aunts, uncles, siblings, or other adults who care full-time
for a relative's child.
2-1-1 site |
Visit the Kinship Navigator
Grandparents as Parents Support Network (GAPS)
A network of support groups for grandparents and others
raising child relatives, created by Aging Services Division
of the state Department of Social Services (DSS).
Visit the DSS site
Information from the state Department of Children and
Families (DCF) on subsidized guardianship, which allows
foster children to live permanently with guardians -- often
grandparents or other relatives -- when they cannot live
with their own parents or be placed with adoptive families.
Visit the DCF site
The HUSKY Plan
The state healthcare plan for uninsured
children and youth.
the HUSKY site
Connecticut WIC Program
A nutrition program, run by the state Department of Public
Health (DPH), that helps young children eat well and stay
healthy, at no cost if they qualify.
Visit the DPH site
If you're a professional who works with
parents, grandparents, or anyone else raising children, the
Connecticut Parenting Education Network (CT-PEN) has a
website for you. It offers information on parent education
services, regional groups throughout the state, and
quarterly statewide meetings.