Searchlight New Mexico to Visit Santa Fe Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Group June 14th at 4:30pm

A Searchlight New Mexico investigative reporter, Ed Williams, will be present to speak with grandparents about their personal experiences and concerns raising their grandchildren in Santa Fe's Grandparents Raising Grandchildren group Thursday, June 14th, at 4:30pm. Searchlight New Mexico, according to their website, is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to investigative reporting and innovative data journalism. Their focus includes topics of local, regional, and national interest in order to allow the public to see into the oftentimes hidden work of government. Their mission statement goes on to read "we believe great reporting empowers people to demand honest, effective public policy and to seek appropriate remedies."

Reporter Williams has written about poverty, public health and the environment in the U.S. and Latin America for digital, print, and radio media outlets since 2005. Before joining Searchlight New Mexico, Williams worked with KUNM Public Radio in Albuquerque, covering public health. He tells the Santa Fe Grandparents group facilitator that he looks forward to hearing directly from the grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren.

The Santa Fe Grandparents Group meets the second Thursday of every month in the agency's Fifth Street office from 4:30 to 6:30pm. Dinner and childcare are always available. The address is 1911- 5th St., Suite 100, Santa Fe. For more information, call the office at 505.955.0410.

To learn more about Searchlight New Mexico, click here. Click on link to visit a recent story written by Williams on foster care.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Legislation and Legislative Task Force Continues to Study Resources Available to Grandparents

During the current 2018 Legislative Session a renewal of Senate Memorial is being sponsored by Senator Linda A. Lopez. Senate Memorial 83 "recognizes, honors and celebrates" the contributions and accomplishments of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in the State. The Memorial recognizes that fifty percent of grandparents raising grandchildren have incomes below the poverty level causing the addition of dependent grandchildren to the household to "place immediate strain on family finances and creating an urgent need for access to resources and assistance" and that there is currently no centralized process through which grandparents caring for their grandchildren can access the supports that may be available in the community. Las Cumbres Community Services continues to partner with New Mexico Voices for Children, Pegasus Legal Services for Children, the New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders, New Mexico Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), New Mexico PTA, Parents Reaching Out (PRO), the State Human Services Department, New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department, Aging and Long-Term Services, and the Office of the Attorney General to address the needs of these individuals in ther "devoted efforts".

The Memorial sits currently "on the Senate Table" and should be heard soon on the Senate Floor. Call Senator Lopez's office to lend your support, Ph 505.831.4148. The Memorial is being co-sponsored by Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino, Ph 505.986.4482.


RELATED NEWS

With the 2015 passage of House Memorial 8, a Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Task Force was convened to study and recommend policy change to expand the availability of resources and assistance for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in the state. That Task Force will now be continuing into its third year.


Members of the task force include representatives from NM Voices for Children, Pegasus Legal Services, the State's Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD), NM Public Education Department (PED), NM Aging and Long-term Services, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Parents Reaching Out, Outcomes, Inc., and two members from the general public who are themselves grandparents caring for their grandchildren.

Resources under scrutiny include programs related to medical care, transportation, and education. The ultimate aim of the study is to additionally influence health policy as it affects grandparents and the grandchildren in their care. The Task Force is encouraging involvement with housing authorities to assure grandparents of equal and available housing options; enforcement of McKinney Vento; and support for GRG groups by county to include specific funds for training, facilitators, and technical assistance.

Las Cumbres' Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program was launched in January 2012 and continues to serve families in Northern New Mexico with agency groups currently meeting in three counties, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, and Taos.  

Santa Fe and Taos Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Groups

 

Grandparents seeking support in Santa Fe, 
join the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren group at our new Santa Fe location!

The second Thursday of every month
4:30 to 6:30pm
1911 Fifth Street, Suite 100
(off of St. Michael's Drive)

Dinner and Childcare provided!

Please help us with a head count if you plan to attend
so we can provide you and your grandchildren with a healthy dinner. 

Call the Santa Fe office in advance at 505.955.0410
or facilitator Naomi Diamond at 703.864.5789.

You can also reach Ms. Diamond for more information
about the group, click on this link .


Taos Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group  

is now underway the first Wednesday of every month.
5:30pm until 7:30pm.
Enos Garcia Elementary School
305 Don Fernando Street
Taos

Support groups include supportive discussion, help accessing resources,
nutritional food, and child care with child-focused activities. 

 For more information on how to be come involved with
the Taos Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program, 
telephone 575.224.3197.


For information on groups in Albuquerque
, hosted by Outcomes, Inc.  visit their Grandparents Program website link: Click Here

Three Albuquerque GRG support groups now available at different locations: Westside Community Center (Third Monday of each month, 6pm-7:30); Outcomes, Inc. Community Room (second Friday of each month, 12noon- 1:30pm); and eRead Center (last Saturday of each month 10am-11:30am). Childcare provided. Review the link above for more.


 

Espanola Grandparents Support Group Meetings

Las Cumbres is proud to announce its fifth year of the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program for grandparents who are caring for their grandchild or grandchildren. The program offers a monthly meeting place where grandparents can meet others in the same situation and learn from one another. Both an evening and day group are now meeting in the agency's Espanola offices.

Come Join us!

The Last Thursday of Every Month
5pm - 7pm
404 Hunter Street, Espanola

AND recently added:

The Second Wednesday of Every Month
10am - Noon
404 Hunter St., Espanola

 

Food and Childcare Provided

The program will:

Provide grandparents acess to local 
and national resources

Act as advocates for grandparents through
public awareness

Arrange for informational speakers 
on various topics


For more information on how to get involved with the GRG program
in Española, telephone 
Delfinia Romero
(505) 753-4123


 

 

Report Issued By CYFD on Study of Growing Issues and Crises Faced by Grandparents

In response to the passage of Senate Joint Memorial 14 in last year's Legislative Session, a study was conducted by the State's Children Youth and Families Department incorporating input from the Human Services Department and the Public Education Department. The report addresses past legislative efforts, important demographics, and outlines promising practices and existing resources nationwide. To read the entire report, clink HERE.

Highlights from the report include the following:

Existing Resources: 

  • Legal Resources: Pegasus Legal Services operates a helpline for kinship caregivers, which can offer information and advice; legal assistance for low-income individuals representing themselves; and referrals for direct legal representation to those who need help or have questions concerning kindship guardianship of a child. Pegasus Legal Services website, click on this link
  • Financial Resources: The State's Human Services's Department, as the statutory Medicaid authority for the state, handles Medicare and Medicaid dollars, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). TANF is a child-only application. Provided the family has limited assets and the parent does not live in the home, the child may be eligible for TANF. Link here to Human Services Department website.

The Aging and Long-Term Services Department provides a range of supports for seniors and adults requiring long-term services. View their website here.

Donde hay gana, hay maña. 
(Where there is the desire there is the ability.)
-dicho one might hear from their abuela

Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild. ~Welsh Proverb

Location & Contact

In Espanola:
Dana Dean
Mobile Ph: 505-660-1505
Ph: 505-753-4123
Email Dana
By mail:
404 Hunter St.
Espanola, NM 87532

In Santa Fe:
Naomi Diamond
Ph: 703-864-5789
Email Naomi
or Santa Fe office
Ph 505.955.0410
By mail:
1911 Fifth St., Suite 100
Santa Fe, NM 87505


In Taos:
Candy Allen
Ph  505.470.4798
Email Candy
By mail:
1332 Gusdorf Rd., #A
Taos, NM 87571

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