More support for grandparents raising grandchildren

Grandparents raising their grandchildren will receive more care and attention following the launch of a new Department of Health and Human Services’ support program on February 23.

Funded through the Tasmanian Community Fund and run by UnitingCare, the program will benefit grandparents providing full-time care for their grandchildren.

The support provided will include personal counselling, case planning and management, parenting advice and skills development, along with access to advocacy services.

Other relatives who take on the primary caring role of a child can also receive the help on offer.

UnitingCare will work with the Tasmanian Government’s Gateways Supporting Grandparent Carers program to run support groups for grandparents.

The program will help grandparents and other relative carers get the information they need from people who appreciate what they are going through.

Grandparents can find themselves caring for their grandchildren when a child subject to a care and protection order is placed in their care or when they become the primary carer of a child, usually following a family decision.

The Tasmanian Government has provided over $310 000 from the Tasmanian Community Fund to the new program in addition to funding Gateway Services.