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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren has updated their easy to use, one-page resource flier for Parenting Grandparents who may need hep with legal, financial, or emotional support (1/2012). View, download, or print it: Parenting Grandparents-Mass.

Kerry Bickford is a custodial grandparent who lives and works on Cape Cod and is an appointee to the state's Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. If you'd like to contact her either to share your thoughts or for help connecting with others, please e-mail her:

When children can't be with their parents, a grandparent's home can provide stability and comfort. This tip sheet helps grandparent caregivers understand how their grandchildren may be feeling, how to help children feel safe and secure in their home, and where to find support in their community if needed. Access the tip sheet by clicking here.

Cuando los niños no pueden estar con sus padres, el hogar de un pariente puede darles estabilidad y consuelo. Esta hoja de consejos, escrita para los que cuidan a los hijos de un pariente, les ayuda a entender cómo se pueden sentir los niños.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Monthly Support Groups

The Cape Cod Neighborhood Support Coalition offers “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group” every second and fourth Thursday evening from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Cape Cod Child Development, 83 Pearl St., Hyannis, with Richard Bickford, LICSW, and Kerry Bickford. This group meets to empower parenting grandparents with information and connections to help support them and their families. Dinner and child care provided. Registration required. Information or registration: Kerry Bickford at 508-771-4336.

Kennedy Donovan Center sponsors a monthly support group for grandparents of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It takes place on the first Saturday morning each month from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the Centerville Recreation Building, 524 Main St. Information: Juliane at 508-385-6019 ext. 125.

The Bourne Council on Aging offers a free group on the fourth Monday of each month for grandparents who play a substantial role in the parenting of one or more of their grandchildren.  The free group is led by Lois Carr and meets from 10 - 11:30 a.m. at the Bourne Council on Aging offices, Bourne Veteran’s Memorial Community Center, 239 Main St., Buzzards Bay. For more information, contact Lois at 508-759-0654.

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Other Parent Education & Support Opportunities

The CCNSC compiles and distributes a free, monthly Cape and Islands-wide listing of workshops, meetings, groups and related programs for grandparents, parents, guardians and primary caregivers of children. If you would like to receive a copy by e-mail every month or check out the current edition, please click here or contact Paul Melville ( If you'd like to skip immediately to the most curent edition, Please click here.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Article in Common Ground

Our own Kerry Bickford and Family Continuity's Skip Stuck, co-wrote an article highlighting the reality of grandparent-led families in Massachusetts.  It was published in Common Ground (The Newspaper of the New England Association of Child Welfare Commissioners and Directors) in February, 2010.  Click here to read, download or print the article right now (PDF format).


Grandparents and Other Kin Task Force

The Cape Cod Neighborhood Support Coalition (CCNSC), Cape Cod Children's Place, the Department of Children and Families (DCF), and Family Continuity are currently spearheading a temporary task force specifically to look into and help address issues affecting grandparents and other kin who are raising children on Cape Cod and the Islands. If you or your organization would like to get involved, please contact Beverly Costa-Ciavola, CCNSC Executive Director, at 508-771-4336 ext. 1 or

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Massachusetts Resource Guide

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren have collaborated with several state agencies to compile a resource guide specifically for grandparents and other kin who are raising children in the commonwealth. You can view, download, and print it here:

Resource Guide for Massachusetts' Grandparents Raising their Grandchildren

Additional Resources: A Companion to the Grandparents Resource Guide

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