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Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Services Supports

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Sunbeam Family Services is one of the only organizations in central Oklahoma with a focus on Infant Mental Health specialization. The services offered can help custodial grandparents  advocate for the well being of their grandchildren’s mental health.

Oklahoma has a high rate of grandparents, great-grandparents and other relatives raising children. Many are infants and very young children impacted by adverse experiences:

  • Parental incarceration
  • Substance abuse
  • Mental illness
  • Domestic violence
  • Separation from parent(s)
  • Abuse and neglect

Many older adults who face these types of situations feel unprepared to address challenging behavior and support child well-being when they, themselves, feel stressed. Children’s needs haven’t changed but childhood these days often looks very different as children face multiple challenges. Our infant mental health therapists offer education and training to grandparents, foster grandparents and other caregivers faced with caring for and interacting with infants and young children.

Topics include:

  • Child development
  • Attachment
  • The impact of adverse childhood experiences (trauma) on the developing brain
  • Understanding children’s behavior and the importance of nurturing relationships and connection to support health and well-being of infants and very young children

For more information about Sunbeam’s Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health program, contact Sunbeam’s Early Childhood Mental Health Coordinator, Amy Chlouber, LPC-S, 405.609.1958 or email achlouber@sunbeamfamilyservices.org.

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 email 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 GRG Linda Thele
Contact 405.609.6551 to RSVP (NO CHILDCARE) or email 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 email 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 email tford@sunbeamfamilyservices.org

Heronville Elementary School 

1240 SW 29th Street OKC 73109
First Wednesday of each month, 3:30-5pm
Facilitator Talena Ford
Contact 405.609.6551 to RSVP or email tford@sunbeamfamilyservices.org

Windsor Hills Elementary School

2909 N. Ann Arbor Ave OKC 73127
Second Wednesday of each month, 4-5:30pm
Facilitator Talena Ford
Contact 405.609.6551 to RSVP or email 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: Jessica Welp at Sunbeam: 405.609.8939 or jwelp@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 Jessica 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: Jessica Welp 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: Jessica Welp at Sunbeam: 405.609.8939 or jwelp@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 Jessica Welp 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: Jessica Welp at Sunbeam: 405.609.8939 or jwelp@sunbeamfamilyservices.org

To learn more, call Jessica at 405.609.8939.