Thousands of grandparents care for traumatised grandchildren in New Zealand. Please can you help us to help these children in need?
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust (GRG) provides support services to over 6500 full-time grandparent and whanau caregivers empowering them to provide a safe, secure and nurturing home that protects and promotes the well-being and development of the vulnerable children and grandchildren in their care.
In 95% of cases the children are in grandparent or whanau care as a result of a traumatic incident or family breakdown; being circumstances where they can’t be cared for by their parents. The parents’ substance abuse, mental illness, violence and neglect are often factors which continue to adversely affect the children and their caregivers for a long time - sometimes even for life.
If it weren't for their grandparents or other relatives/whanau stepping in and taking care of these children they would be in foster care. Yet, although they are doing the same caregiving job a foster carer would do, they cannot access the same financial and support services available to foster carers.
Grandparent and whanau caregivers need but struggle to get access to, and assistance from, specialists and professionals to help them deal with the short and long term adverse consequences of the abuse the children have suffered before coming into their care. This can be because of the cost and ironically because the children are not classed as being in state care and eligible for those support services free of charge.
Our research shows over half of these children suffer from physical and/or psychological and emotional disabilities often as a result of the abuse and neglect they experienced while in their parents care.
Raising these children is far more complex and difficult than it is raising a child in normal circumstances.
GRG provides national and local support through an 0800 GRANDS helpline, support groups and field staff with specialised knowledge and skills to assist caregivers as well as caregiver education, training and critical information and support at each stage of the caregivers journey.
See our website: www.grg.org.nz for more information.
Please help us to support the caregivers who are raising our vulnerable children so that they can grow up and live healthy, constructive and fulfilling lives.
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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust (GRG) provides support services to full-time grandparent and whanau caregivers empowering them to provide a safe, secure and nurturing home that protects and promotes the well-being and development of the vulnerable children and grandchildren in their care.
It is a little known fact that thousands of grandparents in New Zealand have to give up their retirement and hold the hand of a small traumatised grandchild, because their parents can't or won't care for them safely.
Did you know that over 42% of children end up in grandparent care because of their parent's drug abuse alone. Other causes include violence, sexual and physical abuse, neglect and mental illness.
More than 64% of these children have previously been in their mother's sole care and over 80% of them are under 5 years old when their grandparents take them on, with a third of them babies under a year old!
Did you know that over 52% of them have physical problems and disabilities. 67% of them have both physical and psychological disabilities. Can you imagine how hard it must be for a grandparent on a pension facing the rest of their years caring for children with disabilities such as Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, ADHD, Autism, Aspergers, Asthma, attachment disorder and more? *
They do this on limited incomes with no extra financial help to cover specialist, medical and professional costs for treating their grandchildren's needs. If they were foster carers all of those costs would be covered by the State.
Would you be willing to help us to help the children?
GRG Trust is working hard to provide much needed field officer and outreach support services, education, guidance and advocacy for their caregivers.
With your help we can and do make a difference to the life of a child in need.