Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
On July 8, 2008 the Child Advocate bill was signed into law which included
the establishment of the Commission on the Status of
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. (Section 1 of Chapter 176, the Acts of 2008 M.G.L. Chapter 3,
section 69. This legislation calls for a permanent commission on the status of
grandparents raising grandchildren which consists of individuals who have
demonstrated a commitment to grandparents.
Click here for a one page (PDF) description of the Grandparent Commission.
The Commission’s primary purpose is to serve as a "resource to the commonwealth on issues affecting grandparents raising grandchildren."
The Commission’s responsibilities include:
Fostering unity among grandparents raising grandchildren, communities and organizations in the commonwealth, by promoting cooperation and sharing of information and encouraging collaboration and joint activities;
Serving as a liaison between government and private interest groups with regard to the unique interest and concern to grandparents raising grandchildren;
Advising executive and legislative bodies of the potential effect of proposed legislation on grandparents raising grandchildren, as the commission deems necessary and appropriate;
And identifying issues that are faced by relatives, other than parents, who are raising children. Currently, the Commission meets monthly at various locations around the state. These meetings are open to the public.and posted at www.mass.gov/elders
The Commission spent it’s first year (2009-10) conducting a Learning Tour across the state, in order to identify the issues that were of most concern to grandparents and kin,. Based upon an analysis these findings, the Commission created four sub-committees to further explore the most urgent issues and begin to make appropriate recommendations. They are:
Legal information and access to legal services Lynn Girton, chair
Information and Referral / Interagency Kerry Bickford, chair
collaboration / Navigating the system Skip Stuck, co-chair
Economic support and self sufficiency John Lepper, chair
Strategies to create and sustain support groups Margo Cheevers, chair
for grandparents and kin across the state
We are hoping that this website is a place we can share information and tools that reflect the work we are doing on each of these issues, and we welcome your input, questions, corrections and comments!
To contact the Commission:
Mail: Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
c/o Colleen Pritoni, GRG Coordinator, 600 Washington Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02111