Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG)

Sunbeam Family Services is committed to your health and well-being. We are taking all available precautions and want to make sure you are aware of the measures the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending to stop the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Due to COVID-19, caregiver trainings and Support groups will be hosted online.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have temporarily moved our support groups online.  We understand that Grandfamilies are facing unique challenges during this time and Support Groups provide an opportunity to share experiences, resources and have socialization. This is a great time to try a support group from the comfort of your own home. Caregivers may join anonymously and while sharing is encouraged, it is not required to attend.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Online Support Groups are Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 1 p.m.

To learn how to attend an online support group, email seniorservices@sunbeamfamilyservices.org or call 405.609.6551.

As a Grandparent Raising Grandchildren (GRG), you may have a lot of questions, concerns, and needs.

If you are a GRG raising your grandchild(ren) in the absence of the parent(s), and living in Oklahoma, Cleveland, Canadian, or Logan counties, please contact us so that we may assist you.

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

  • Support Groups – GRG support groups are inviting, confidential groups where you can talk and listen to other GRGs while learning about resources. A free meal and childcare is provided for the families (unless noted). RSVPs are required to attend. Facilities used for GRG support groups are ADA compliant.
  • School supplies – Grandparents age 55+, living in Oklahoma, Cleveland, Candian, 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. You must apply for this program and applications are open through July 29, 2020. For more information, call 405-609-6551 or email seniorservices@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 seniorservices@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. 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.

Community Impact – Empowering Grandparents through Support, Resources

In the United States, more than a million children are being raised by grandparents without the presence of parents in the home.  Oklahoma ranks at the ninth states in the nation for the number of grandparents raising their grandild(ren).

Last year,

  • 3,110 senior adults received safe and caring support through the Senior Services program, a 14.3 percent increase over the previous year. This program impacted an additional 5,061 family members through the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Caregiver Fundamentals and Foster Grandparents programs.
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.