GRG and Kinship Family Fact Sheet Now Available.

A new fact sheet describing the issue of grandparent- and kin-headed households in Montana and in the nation
is now available. This is a great sheet for anyone wanting to understand and describe the importance and impact 
of these families. Download it here.

GRG MontGuide Updated with NEW Resources!
The MSU Extension MontGuide, "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: What to Do the Second Time Around", 
has been updated with all new information and contact information for important state and national resources.
Download your fee copy here.

Generations United Releases State of Grandfamilies: 2015 Report
The State of Grandfamilies: 2015 report has been released by Generations United. This report features the top ten states, 
of which Montana is one, that offer supportive services and resources to grandfamilies. Check out the entire report here.

December 2015 Newsletter is Now Available
Click here to see the December 2015 GRG Project newsletter with information on:
~Teaching children family rules
~MLSA legal services sign-up
~MontanaPBS concussion documentary
~Chronic Disease Bureau resources
~Family mealtime

The Montana Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Bureau Develops Program Guide.
The Health Program Guide lists out all the Chronic Disease Bureau’s community health programs that are 
available and a brief description about the program. See the guide here.

The Montana Lifespan Respite Coalition and the State Lifespan Respite program has launched a respite voucher program.
This is great news for our GRGs throughout Montana who may be in need of assistance in this area.
This page features links to the informational brochure describing the Montana program as well as the voucher application.
http://dphhs.mt.gov/respite

Caretaker Relative Affidavits Available for Download
Caretaker relatives may need to have affidavits allowing them to make education and medical decisions. 
These forms are authorized by 40-6-502 MCA (medical) and 20-5-503 MCA (education).
Caretaker Relative's Educational Authorization Affidavit
Caretaker Relative's Medical Authorization Affidavit 

August 2015 Newsletter is Now Available
Click here to see the August 2015 GRG Project newsletter with information on:
~Transitioning to kindergarten
~Why is my grandchild misbehaving?
~Montana WIC Program
~Vaccines & immunizations

April 2015 Newsletter is Now Available
Click here to see the April 2015 GRG Project newsletter with information on:
~Activities that build skills for school success
~Help your child learn to use the Internet
~Montana Big Brothers Big Sisters information
~What are empty calories?

Big Brothers Big Sisters Joins Our Family of Partners
The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.  BBBS matches children with positive, long-term adult mentors who become a friend, confidant, and additional support in their life.  As a grandparent raising your grandchildren, they want to be a resource to you and your grandkids.  They accept children ages 5-15, their services are offered free of charge and they work diligently to match your grandchild with a mentor who matches their interests, needs and personality.  If you have any questions or want to learn more about BBBS, please contact your local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency.

New National Reports Available
"Coresident Grandparents and Their Grandchildren: 2012" - A Report from the United States Census Bureau
"The State of Grandfamilies in America: 2014" - A Report from Generations United
"FOSTER CARE: HHS Needs to Improve Oversight of Fostering Connections Act Implementation" - A Report from the United States Government Accountability Office

December 2014 Newsletter is Now Available
Click here to see the Decembert 2014 GRG Project newsletter with information on:
~Managing holiday stress
~When your grandkids visit their parents
~Fun kid's holiday activities
~Cold & flu season
~Montana $aves $cavenger Hunt

August 2014 Newsletter is Now Available
Click here to see the August 2014 GRG Project newsletter with information on:
~Learning to be grateful
~Teaching kids to save money
~Food fact sheets and apple recipes
~Information on possible changes to TANF
~Weatherization & energy assistance

Grand Success: Stories of Lives Well Raised
This booklet from our friends at Generations United offers inspirational stories of being raised by grandparents, as well as recommendations on what needs to be done to assist grandparents in raising happy, healthy children. Click here to access this booklet.

Policy Brief Summary: Improving Grandfamilies' Access to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Ana Beltran, Special Advisor to Generations United's National Center on Grandfamilies, provides information on the initiative to revise Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to more adequately assist kinship families. Read the summary here, or read the entire brief here.

Health & Nutrition Food Fact Sheets Now Available
This series of 15 food fact sheets describes: how to grow the food; how to keep the food safe in your refrigerator, pantry or cellar; various methods to prepare the food; and includes photos of how to correctly clean, cut and prep each food. The 15 foods included are: apples, apricots, asparagus, beets, broccoli, carrots, grapes, onions, parsnips, pears, potatoes, raspberries, rhubarb, tomatoes and turnips. Click here to access these fact sheets.

More MSU Extension Family & Consumer Science Resources Available
Resources for all Extension Family & Consumer Science areas - Family & Human Development, Housing & Environmental Health, Family Economics and Health & Nutrition - are online and can be downloaded for free. Click here to access these informative resources.

April 2014 Newsletter is Now Available
Click here to see the April 2014 GRG Project newsletter with information on:
~Self care
~What to do when a pet dies
~Refreshing and nutritious drinks and smoothies
~New Information from Generations United and usa.gov.

Montana AARP to offer Financial Fraud Seminars in Seven Montana Communities
In March, April and May, Montana AARP will offer Financial Fraud Seminars in Bozeman, Helena, Billings, Butte, Kalispell, Missoula and Great Falls. Download the poster here for more information and RSVP information.

Flooding & Clean-Up Resources Available
Spring is here and, in certain parts of Montana, that means flooding and clean-up. Click here for a list of resources to help families clean up and maintain physical and emotional health during this trying time. Also, check out the MontGuide, Helping Children Cope with Natural Disasters, for tips on how to keep families intact, safe and healthy.

The Great Falls Tribune Salutes Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
In the February 26, 2014 edition of the Great Falls Tribune, the Tribune editorial board wrote of their support of Montana grandfamilies and the support they receive from the GRG Project and the countless volunteers and professionals who assist them. Thank you Great Falls Tribune for recognizing these important families! See the article here.

Montana Services for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Service Guide has been Updated 
The GRG Project guide to Montana services has been updated. Check out the electronic version here.

Generations United Introduces Fact Sheet Explaining TANF Program 
Generations United has developed the Fact Sheet, Grand Resources: A Fact Sheet for Grandparent and Relative Caregivers to Help Access Support through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program. Click here to download this informative guide about this very valuable program. Learn more about Generations United on their website.

Family & Consumer Science Resources Available
The MSU Family & Consumer Science Specialists in Family & Human Development, Family Finance, Food & Nutrition, and Housing & Environmental Health have compiled a list of resources that will aid families in keeping all members safe and healthy. Click here to see the list.

Talking to Children With Incarcerated Parents
Download this 48-page guide to talking with children with incarcerated parents: Family Members Behind Bars: Difficult Questions Children Ask...And How to Answer Them. This "toolkit" of information and resources was created in 2006 by MAFTI, the Montana Alliance of Families Touched by Incarceration, to help families and children navigate through this difficult time in their lives.

GRG Has Four New Contacts!
We are welcoming four new contacts to the GRG family: Erin Crabtree and Kelly Moore, who will both serve the Missoula area; Jackie Stoeckel, who will serve the Helena area; and Kay Medicine Bull, who will serve the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. Welcome to all of you! Click here to see all the contacts in Montana.

Generations United Introduces Resource Guide and Resource Directory for Raising Children With Disabilities
Generations United has developed Grand Resources: A Grandparent’s and Other Relative’s Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities and a companion resource directory. Both of these documents can be found on the Generations United website. Click here to download your copies of these valuable resources.

GRG Project founder, Dr. Sandra Bailey, receives the 2014 Montana State University Provost's Excellence in Outreach Award
On January 7, 2014, Dr. Sandra Bailey, received the 2014 Montana State University Provost's Excellence in Outreach Award. This award honors an MSU faculty member for developing effective outreach programs and innovative partnerships.

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The GRG Project Receives Generations United's 2013 Grandfamilies Award
On August 1, 2013, at the 17th Annual Generations United International Conference in Washington, D.C., GRG Project Director, Dr. Sandra Bailey, accepted the 2013 Grandfamilies Award.  This award honors an organization, professional, or relative caregiver that has made an outstanding contribution to the field of grandparents and other relative caregivers raising children. Click here to learn more about Generations United.