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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG)

In the United States, more than a million children are being raised by grandparents without the presence of parents in the home. If you are a grandparent raising a grandchild or grandchildren, you may feel stretched and have a lot of questions, concerns and needs. Sunbeam Family Services empowers grandparents by offering support groups, school supply assistance, holiday assistance, and other resources. If you are 55+ and raising your grandchild(ren) in the absence of the parent(s), living in Oklahoma, Cleveland, Canadian, or Logan counties, we can help you.

School supplies – Supplies and backpacks are available to your grandchildren to support you in providing what they need to be successful in school. Applications are available beginning in May each year. For more information call 405.609.6551 or email tford@sunbeamfamilyservices.org.

Holiday Program – Sunbeam Family Services partners with local law enforcement and TRIAD volunteers to make your holiday memorable. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren are special guests at the Holiday Party where gifts are presented to the grandchildren by Santa! Applications are available beginning in October each year. For more information about the GRG program, call 405.609.6551 or email tford@sunbeamfamilyservices.org

The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program, a program of Sunbeam’s Caregiver Fundamentals Program, makes no distinctions on the grounds of race, color, gender, age, ancestry, national origin, religion, or disability. A portion of the project costs are met by state and federal OAA funds from Areawide Aging Agency and OKDHS Aging Services Division. There are no costs to participants; however, donations are accepted. Suggested donation per services: Information Services, $1/activity; Access Assistance, $1/activity; Support Group, $2.50/meeting; Respite, $2.50/visit; School Supplies, $5/family; and Training Seminars, $5/seminar.

FAQ for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Guardianship is not required to participate in our program.

Unfortunately, no.  Our GRG program is intended to support grandparents or senior family members who are raising their grandchild(ren)/family members in the absence of the parent.

Yes, we do.  Our counseling department can assist the children and also you as a GRG. Once you are involved in our GRG program, 3 free counseling sessions are available to you.  The GRG Coordinator can give you more information.

Absolutely! A donation is suggested because our program is funded by the Older Americans Act Grant. If families can make a donation to support our program that is great, but we support all our families no matter their ability to donate.

Our goal is to support you while you support your grandchild(ren).  We have information for many resources and are happy to share that information so you can make those contacts.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Support Groups

(We provide a light meal and childcare, so RSVPs are required to attend.)

Canadian County Support Group (in partnership with Youth & Family Services, Inc.)

7565 E. Hwy 66, El Reno 73036
Second Monday of each month, 6:30-8pm
Facilitator Talena Ford
Call 405.609.6551 to RSVP or tford@sunbeamfamilyservices.org

Educare OKC GRG Support Group

500 SE Grand Boulevard, OKC 73129
Second Thursday of each month, 11:30 am-1 pm
Facilitator Linda Thele
Contact 405.609.6551 to RSVP (NO CHILDCARE) or tford@sunbeamfamilyservices.org

MWC GRG Support Group  (in partnership with Fountain Brook)

11510 S.E. 15th Street,  Midwest City 73130
Third Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8 pm
Facilitator Valerie Taylor
Contact 405.609.6551 to RSVP or tford@sunbeamfamilyservices.org

Cleveland County GRG Support Group – Generations Church

1433 W. Boyd, Norman
Third Wednesday of each month, 6:30-8 pm
Facilitator Jacquie Jackson
Contact 405.919.4061 to RSVP

Guthrie GRG Support Group – Noble Avenue Baptist Church

1210 W. Noble, Guthrie 73044
Last Tuesday of each month, 5:30-7pm
Facilitator Talena Ford
Contact 405.609.6551 to RSVP or tford@sunbeamfamilyservices.org

 

Caregiver Support Groups

Spanish Cove, Yukon
11 Palm Ave, Yukon, Fiesta Room
First Tuesday of every month, 11:30 am—1:00 pm; Lunch is provided!
RSVP: Taprina Milburn at Sunbeam: 405.609.8939 or tmilburn@sunbeamfamilyservices.org

The Gardens at Rivermont, Norman
750 Canadian Trails Dr, Norman
First Wednesday of every month, 12:30—2:00 pm; Lunch is provided!
RSVP: Stacy Olson at Rivermont: 405.360.6056 or Taprina at Sunbeam: 405.609.8939

Excell Hospice & Home Health (S OKC/Moore)
1200 SW 104th, OKC, east entrance
Second Tuesday of every month, 12:00 – 1:30 pm; Lunch is provided!
RSVP: Taprina Milburn at Sunbeam: 405.609.8939 or Trish Westcott at Excell: 405.631.0521

Mustang Senior Center (Partnered w/Parkinson Foundation)
1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang
Second Wednesday of every month, 2:30—3:30 pm; light snacks
RSVP: Taprina Milburn at Sunbeam: 405.609.8939 or tmilburn@sunbeamfamilyservices.org

Companion Healthcare, Guthrie
1310 E Oklahoma, Guthrie
Second Saturday of every month, 11:30 – 12:45; Lunch is provided!
RSVP: Verla Raines at 405.519.0800 or verlaraines@gmail.com

Easter Seals Oklahoma
701 NE 13th, OKC (near OU Health Science Center)
Fourth Wednesday of every month, 12:00 – 1:30 pm; Lunch is provided!
RSVP: Tony Lippe at Easter Seals: 405.239.2525 or Taprina Milburn at Sunbeam: 405.609.8939

Sunbeam Family Services
1100 NW 14th, OKC (Classen and 14th)
Last Tuesday of every month, 12:00 – 1:30 pm; Lunch is provided!
RSVP: Taprina Milburn at Sunbeam: 405.609.8939 or tmilburn@sunbeamfamilyservices.org

To learn more, call Taprina at 405.609.8939.