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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 29, 2000

Local Organizations recognized for
improving services to local caregivers

DAYTON, OH--Twenty-two Grandparent Friendly Organizations are being recognized for their accomplishments at a Recognition Tea on Monday, December 4, 2000, at 4:30 p.m. in the Kettering Center Lobby at 140 E. Monument Avenue in Dayton, OH.

Since 1996 more than 40 organizations and advocates have been working together in a community-based group to become better informed on the needs and problems encountered by kinship caregivers. The Grandparents/Grandchildren Initiative Network (GP/GCI) is working to identify the barriers to caregivers accessing services and also to enhance the existing services available to them. Agencies were evaluated on how easily their services are accessed, types of services offered, and how they collaborate with other agencies and train their staff.

There are a growing number of children who are being raised by their grandparent(s) or other relatives. This return to a parenting situation often causes problems for both the children and the kinship caregiver. Because of this, organizations that serve either adults or children are seeing an increase in the number of people seeking services who are in a kinship care relationship.

Organizations to be recognized for their contributions to improving services to kinship caregivers are: the Area Agency On Aging, Children's Medical Center, City of Kettering Recreation Program, Community Child Health Clinics, Early Intervention Consortium-Starting Point, Erma's House, Family Life/Even Start in the Dayton Public Schools, Family Stability Programs, Girl Scouts of Buckeye Trails Council, Legal Aid Society, Miami Valley Child Development Centers, Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services, Montgomery County Sunrise Center, Ohio State Extension, Ombudsman Office, Partnership for Youth, Samaritan Center for Youth Resources, South Community Inc., STARS Program-Dayton Public Schools, St. Joseph Children's Treatment Center, Supporting Council of Preventive Effort, and Womanline of Dayton Inc.

Editor's Note: Media contact at the event will be Barbara Fuller. For more information call 775-1116