Many of us may remember the presence of our grandparents in our lives. But are you aware that 60 percent of children under the age of six in Rio Arriba County are being raised by their grandparents? Grandparents raising grandchildren represents a growing trend as primary caregivers in New Mexico. Many of these grandparents are disproportionately poor and their selfless caregiver role presents with many challenging issues.
On Friday, October 16th, Las Cumbres Community Services, through the generosity of support from Con Alma Health Foundation and other funders, will be hosting Otra Vez: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren 2015 Statewide Conference at the Santa Fe Communty Convention Center. This important FREE conference will run from 8am until 4pm and invitations to register are going out now to grandparents and for professionals and organizations working with families, child advocacy, and policy development. CEUs will be available through New Mexico HIghlands University for a processing fee of $50.
The conference will include presentations on legal services, health and safety, parenting and adoption, with group panel discussions and information booths. Present to speak to participants will be New Mexico Aging and Longterm Services, the New Mexico Department of Health, NM Children Youth and Families representatives, Parents Reaching Out, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Help NM, and Molina Healthcare.
Registration has now closed for the conference but to find out more about Las Cumbres' Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program, please telephone the agency's Española office at 505.753.4123. Or email Delfinia Romero (click on name) or Beth Pacheco for more information.
Our gratitude is expressed to sponsors who have come forward to date including Con Alma Health Foundation, Brindle Foundation, Santa Fe Community Foundation, El Centro Family Health, Los Alamos National Bank, and Molina Healthcare. More sponsors are coming on board daily. See story below if you wish to help fund this valuable event. Sponsorships make it possible for grandparents raising grandchildren, and other relatives helping raise their family members' children, to attend at no charge.
Space is limited so register now! Registration deadline has been extended but register soon!