Greetings From the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program!
Las Cumbres Community Services is proud to sponsor the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Program founded in Española, NM. The program was established in January 2012 and made possible by early grants from Con Alma Health Foundation and the Northern New Mexico Health Grants Group. More recently support was received from the North Central New Mexico Economic Development District's Non-Metro Area Agency on Aging. Other awards have allowed the program to expand into Santa Fe County through the Santa Fe Community Infant Program offices with groups the second Thursday of each month. A new Taos Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group has just launched and meets at Enos Garcia Elementary School in Taos the first Wednesday of each month. See the Grandparents News and Updates page for more details.
The current Espanola GRG program has recently added a second group, held during the day at the agency's Hunter Street offices. The Espanola support group will take one month off only for July following their June meeting, resuming groups in August.
The mission of the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program is to support grandparents and grandchildren with many services ranging from accessing information and resources about support services, to learning about living and coping methods to ensure they remain both physically and mentally healthy throughout this journey.
The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program provides support, resources, and discussion topics to foster the growth and well-being of grandparents who are the primary caregivers to their grandchildren in Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, and Taos counties. Increasingly, grandparents are becoming the primary caregivers for young children and they have expressed their need for specialized support. In Rio Arriba alone, in 2015, a staggering 53% of children under the age of six are in the care of their grandparents. In Santa Fe County, the number is 48% and in Taos County, 30% of children under the age of six are in their grandparent's care. The problem is exacerbated by the high rates of drug abuse, domestic violence, unemployment, poverty, teen births, and other socio-demographic issues, particularly in Rio Arriba County. (Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT, 2015).
The staff of the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Progam are dedicated to enriching the lives of both grandparents and grandchildren by offering support throughout this fulfilling journey. We invite all grandparents who are raising their grandchilren to use this website as a tool to find resources, articles, and information that will enhance the grandparent/grandchild bond. Feel free to explore, learn!
Thank you to all the generous sponsors - Con Alma Health Foundation, Molina Healthcare, Brindle Foundation, Los Alamos National Bank, LANL Foundation, McCune Charitable Foundation, the Santa Fe Community Foundation, El Centro Family Health and attorney George Chandler, who contributed to the success of the agency's third Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Conference held in Santa Fe in October 2015.