Working Toward a Brighter Future
The AF4GRG provides initial financial aid to qualified grandparents in Luzerne County by helping them navigate the legal process as they care for their grandchildren.
ADVOCACY FUND FOR GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN
ADVOCACY FUND 4 GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN
The number of grandparents/family members caring for their grandchildren has risen significantly over the years due, in part, to the opioid crisis. Additionally, parent incarceration, military deployment, teen pregnancy, mental and physical health challenges, including COVID 19, contribute to the 95,000 grandparents responsible for providing the basic needs of their grandchildren throughout Pennsylvania. In many instances, legal action becomes necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of these children. The AF4GRG provides partial financial assistance to grandparents who must retain the services of an attorney to initiate the legal process of gaining temporary emergency guardianship, custody or adoption of their grandchildren.
The purpose of AF4GRG is to provide partial financial relief for grandparents who must retain the services of a lawyer, at their cost, to ensure the safety and welfare of their grandchildren.
Assuming full time care and responsibility for young children is an enormous challenge. In addition to providing financial assistance, the AF4GRG offers referrals to community supports and resources.
The NEW AMERICAN HEROES is a local support group for grandparents raising grandchildren. The group meets on the second Monday of the month from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the Wilkes-Barre YMCA on 40 W. Northampton Street in Wilkes-Barre. Here, grandparents gather to listen, educate, share frustrations and share accomplishments. Contact Joan Gower 570-401-9815 to learn more.