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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG)

Support Group

The Plymouth GRG consists of grandparents who, due to dire circumstances, have selflessly accepted the responsibility of raising their grandchildren. Through experience and wisdom, the group supports each other. Over the years, our support group has grown to include younger grandparents, women, and men from various backgrounds and families of every composition. Members are survivors, who have experienced loss of friendships and family members, unfathomable judicial issues, frightful mental health crises, educational roadblocks, disabilities, severe behavioral concerns, health issues, and much more. With understanding that can only be shared by someone wearing the same shoes, these grandparents support each other with compassion, wisdom, and often a great deal of humor.

Our Mission

To provide our community with a safe, trusted, physical, and virtual environment where information and access to programs and services foster a healthy and vital lifestyle throughout the aging process.

Who We Are, Where We Are

The Plymouth Center for Active Living in collaboration with South Shore Resource and Advocacy Center facilitates a Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group. The group meets every Thursday at the Center from 10:00 AM-11:30 AM.

The GRG also meets the first Tuesday of each month for a family supper, followed by a support session, from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM. Childcare is provided for the evening session.

For more information on the Plymouth GRG support group, please call the Plymouth Center for Active Living: 508-830-4230.

Quick Reference

For the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Commission of MA, to locate support groups, and to view a full resource guide go to: http://www.massgrg.com/index.php

For General information and Referral: Call 211

Women, infants and children (for children under 5 years old): (800)WIC-1007 or www.fns.usda.gov/wic/

Department of Transitional Assistance (SNAP/TANF): (800) 445-6604

Department of Early Ed. and Childcare: (617) 988-6600

Department of Children and Families: (617) 748-2000

Parent Stress Line: (800) 632-8188

GRG Hotline: (508) 771-4336

Common Challenges for GRG Families

Grandparenting has taken on a whole new role in a world we did not grow up in and often scarcely recognize. This includes dealing with over-stimulation, desensitization, immediate gratification, texting, sexting, tweeting, cyber-bullying, etc. The list of new struggles is endless. We are forced into a maze of unfamiliar circumstances dealing with:

  • Legal and Custodial Issues
  • Visitation
  • Childcare
  • Schools and Education
  • Financial/Social Security
  • Physical Health
  • Mental Health
  • Crisis Management
  • Insurance
  • Stress Management
  • Family Matters

We must acquire a new vocabulary; words such as “guardian,” “physical custody,” “legal custody,” “permanent,” “temporary,” “visitation,” “reunification,” “DCF,” “SNAP” and many more seem to find their way into our daily repertoire. It is our mission not to be able to solve all the issues, but to work together to find answers and solutions for ourselves and the rapidly expanding number of grandparents realizing that this has become a life-altering situation for the entire family.

Obtaining Custody

To obtain custody of your grandchild, go to the Probate Court in the town or city where the child lives and request temporary guardianship. The Clerk’s office will have the paperwork necessary to get you started. (bring a child’s birth certificate if you have it). If you have legal questions, there is an attorney-of-the-day at each court.

This group was created as a collaborative effort between South Shore Resource and Advocacy Center and the Plymouth Center for Active Living/ COA

Plymouth Center for Active Living/COA

44 Nook Road, Plymouth MA 02360

508-830-4230