W.Va. State University to Host Healthy Grandfamilies Information Session Dec. 5

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Nov. 28, 2016
W.Va. State University to Host Healthy Grandfamilies Information Session Dec. 5
INSTITUTE, W.Va. – West Virginia State University (WVSU) will launch a new series of its Healthy Grandfamilies initiative with an information session Monday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Wilson University Union on campus. The initiative, a series of free informational sessions and follow-up support, targets grandparents who are raising one or more of their grandchildren.

“West Virginia currently ranks fourth in the nation for grandparents raising grandchildren,” said Dr. Brenda Wamsley, project co-director and chair of WVSU’s Department of Social Work. “Healthy Grandfamilies is designed to address the unique needs of this family dynamic through education and access to resources and professional support.”

The program consists of nine sessions focusing on topics such as communications, technology, social media, nutrition, legal issues, stress management, navigating the public school system, 21st Century parenting and more. Participants are provided three months of free follow-up services with a Licensed Social Worker. Such services include assistance with locating community resources, confidential help in meeting unique family needs and advocacy services.

The Dec. 5 event will provide an overview of the program to potential participants. Local experts will provide tips on managing legal concerns, dealing with financial needs, getting support through the school system and other topics. Refreshments will be provided, and children are welcome. Registration is required. For more information, contact WVSU Extension Specialist Bonnie Dunn, the program’s co-chair, at (304) 204-4007 or parsonsb@wvstateu.edu or visit healthygrandfamilies.com.

Healthy Grandfamilies is a collaboration between WVSU’s Department of Social Work and WVSU Extension Service and is funded by the USDA’s Capacity Building Grants Program, Award No. 2015-38821-24374.

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