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June workshops for grandparents raising grandchildren

May 11, 2011 -- MSU News Service

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Are you a grandparent, aunt, or uncle, raising a relative's child? In Montana more than 6,600 grandparents are raising their grandchildren. The Montana Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Project sponsored by MSU Extension is hosting Community Enhancement Workshops on June 11 and 25 for people raising relative children.

This year's workshop focus is communication. Day-long workshops will be held on June 11 in Great Falls at the Best Western Heritage Inn, and June 25 in Billings at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center. The workshops will offer information on topics related to kinship care, provide an opportunity for networking, and create a day of respite for grandparents raising grandchildren, other kinship caregivers, and professionals working with these families.

Anna Whiting-Sorrell, Director of the Montana Department of Health and Human Services will be the keynote speaker in Great Falls and Denise Juneau, Superintendent of the Montana Office of Public Instruction will be the keynote speaker in Billings. Breakout sessions will be offered on working with your child's school, setting boundaries, early literacy, technology and the Internet, and talking to children about parental incarceration.

Registration for the conference is $20 per grandparent caregiver, $30 per couple and $50 for professionals. Scholarships are available to cover registration and travel for grandparent caregivers. Registration deadline is June 3 for Great Falls, and June 17 for Billings. For more information and to register contact the Montana Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Project at (406) 994-3395 or go online to http://www.montana.edu/wwwhd/grg/grg/whatsnew.htm.

Sandy Bailey, Extension Family Development Specialist, (406) 994-6745 or baileys@montana.edu