How PHG Addresses the Needs of Intergenerational Families
Project Healthy Grandparents assesses the unique situation of each family and recommends a plan for facing their challenges. PHG provides the following services to address families’ needs:
- Established twice-monthly grandparent support groups and parenting education classes to strengthen the grandparents’ social support and family resources. Transportation is provided to these activities.
- Registered nurses make monthly visits to grandparent’s homes to perform health assessments for grandparents, as well as the grandchildren. Similarly, social workers are assigned to each PHG family and visit monthly to provide case management services and referrals to community-based resources.
- Social workers provide information, referrals, and counseling to enhance family stability. Services include consultation on benefits such as TANF and referrals for better housing and legal assistance.
- PHG assists grandparents in the adoption of grandchildren rather than continuing in informal care arrangements. Not only does this provide an alternative to foster care, it also helps the families to access additional public assistance and alleviates some of the financial burdens of raising grandchildren.
In October 2000, Project Healthy Grandparents launched a second offering for grandchildren, the Early Childhood Intervention Program. This program provides intervention services to young children, ages 0 to 5 years, who are at risk for developmental delays due to maternal substance abuse and/or HIV/AIDS. Through a formal partnership with the Marcus Institute for Development and Learning, an affiliate of Emory University, PHG is providing assessments for children who show signs of developmental delays, as well as intensive services for these families.