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Support Groups: Recruiting, Retention, and Everything in Between

November 16, 2023

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Many grandparents and other kin embark on the caregiving journey with little time to plan. They receive little to no financial help, and all too frequently, little to no guidance on how to navigate a complex array of social services that vary depending on location. For many, grandfamily support groups are a lifeline, a place where they feel understood and can benefit from the lived experiences of others.

The Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network hosted a webinar on November 16, 2023 with presenters Kathy Kinsner, ZERO TO THREE and Dawn Davenport, Creating a Family to describe the advantages of support groups and identify topics that might be included during group meetings. Please listen to the webinar recording to learn more!

In this webinar, we explored how to recruit and retain participants; schedule and structure in-person or online groups; and create an environment where all feel safe, seen, and welcomed. We also provided links to free or low-cost resources to get you started or to help you enhance what you already offer.

Our Presenters:

Kathy Kinsner, Senior Parenting Resources Manager, ZERO TO THREE

Dawn Davenport, Executive Director, Creating a Family