Grandparents play an important role in family life but most, having raised their own children, do not expect to become parents again.
This week, in a YMCA Victoria first, we launched a crowdfunding campaign that aims to give ‘extraordinary grandparents’ the break that they deserve.
Visit the website to donate.
Of almost 41,000 Australian children and young people under care and protection orders, approximately half were placed in the care of relatives – mostly grandparents – rather than with non-related foster carers.
We recognise that greater support services for grandparent carers and their families are needed.
The League of Extraordinary Grandparents is a camping program that provides grandparent-headed families with the opportunity to relax and share their experience with other families living in a similar situation. The kids join in fun activities, while the grandparents get much-appreciated respite.
Isabel and Jim are among thousands of grandparent carers in Australia, doing parenthood a second time with less money, less energy, and less support.
After the tragic loss of their son and daughter-in-law in 2010, the pair became the legal guardians of their three grandchildren: David, Edward and Tegan. Watch their story.
With our next camp scheduled for June 2015 we need to raise $26,000 so it can go ahead. If we can’t raise the funds, the extraordinary grandparents and their grandchildren will miss out on this much-needed break. This will be absolutely heart-breaking news for the group.
Can you chip in to ensure this camp goes ahead?