History and Purpose
In 1995, Project Healthy Grandparents (PHG) was established in response to a critical need identified through extensive work with abused and neglected children. Many grandparents step in to raise their grandchildren when the biological parent is absent, often due to substance abuse, incarceration, or death. Particularly when the grandparents are in their 60s and 70s, the stress of raising children at this stage in life takes its toll – physically, financially, and emotionally.
Sponsored in part by Georgia State University, PHG works to strengthen intergenerational families and to improve their quality of life by providing grandparents and grandchildren with comprehensive services and improved access to community resources.
Overview of Services
Since its inception, Project Healthy Grandparents (PHG) has provided services to more than 800 metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia area families, including over 1800 children. Core services offered by PHG include: social case management services, health care services, parenting education classes, grandparent support-group meetings, early intervention services for grandchildren 0 – 5 years old, and legal assistance referrals.
All PHG services are provided free of charge to families for one year and transportation is provided to monthly meetings and social events. After completing the program, grandparents are encouraged to continue accessing the support groups, parenting education classes, and all PHG social activities.