Greetings From the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program!
Las Cumbres Community Services is proud to sponsor the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program founded in Espanola, NM. The program was established in January 2012 and made possible by grants from Con Alma Health Foundation, the Northern New Mexico Health Grants Group, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation. Today the program continues with additional startup funding support from the Santa Fe Community Foundation and a donor advised grant from Santa Fe Baby Fund of the Santa Fe Community Foundation. These startup awards allowed the program to expand into Santa Fe County through the Santa Fe Community Infant Program with groups the second Thursday of each month. A new Taos Grandparents Raising Grandchildren has just launched and meets at Enos Garcia Elementary School at 305 Don Fernando Street in Taos. See the Grandparents page News and Updates for more details.
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 County and beyond. 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 recent third Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Conference held in Santa Fe in October.