Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG)

Grandfamilies face unique challenges, and support groups provide an opportunity to socialize and share experiences and resources.

Sunbeam Family Services empowers grandparents like you by offering support groups, school supply assistance, holiday assistance, and other resources.

While the Holiday Program is closed for this year if you want to learn more call (405) 609-8812.

Support Groups 

GRG support groups (listed below) are inviting, confidential groups where you can talk and listen to other GRGs while learning about resources. RSVPs are required to attend. Facilities used for GRG support groups are ADA compliant.

El Reno Support Group
Canadian County Children’s Justice Center
7905 OK-66, Building F
El Reno, OK 73036
1st Monday of every month
6 to 7:00 p.m.

Guthrie Support Group
Guthrie Community Church
512 E. Seward Rd.
Guthrie, OK 73044
4th Tuesday of every month
5:30-7 p.m.

Moore Support Group
Fresh Start Community Church
309 N. Eastern Ave.
Moore, OK 73160
1st Tuesday of every month
5:30-7 p.m.

OKC Support Group
Pierce Early Education Center
2701 S. Tulsa Ave.
OKC, OK 73108
3rd Tuesday of every month
5:30-7 p.m.

Online Support Group
Second and Fourth Wednesday every month
6-7 p.m.

To learn how to attend an online support group, email seniorservices@sunbeamfamilyservices.org or call (405) 609-6551.

School supplies

Grandparents age 55+, living in Oklahoma, Cleveland, Canadian, or Logan counties, without the parents in the home are eligible for school supplies, and backpacks while supplies last to support you in providing what they need to be successful in school. This program opens in the spring for the new school year.

 

The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program, a program of Sunbeam’s Caregiver Engagement 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. 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.

Provided by Sunbeam Family Services through a Title III Older Americans Act Grant from Areawide Aging Agency and community partners. The Caregiver Fundamentals Program makes no distinction 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 Older Americans Act funds from Areawide Aging Agency and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services 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 Seminar, $5/seminar.