(bw news) SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, CA – According to 2009 U.S. Census data, an estimated 8,112 grandparents are primary relative caregivers in San Joaquin County. The estimate ranks San Joaquin County among the top of communities with highest number of grandparent caregivers in the Central Valley.
On June 28th the California Kinship Navigator Program announced a free phone service which provides Kinship caregivers with the personal support, and local referrals to needed services. “In these challenging economic times, a phone call can be a lifeline for grandparents – as well as aunts, uncles, siblings and others who are raising children in the absence of biological parents,” explained Michele Dilworth representing Edgewood Center for Children & Families.
“Our goal is to provide Kinship caregivers with the information and referrals they need within their communities to become empowered to make decisions that will sustain their families,” said Martha Sirias, a Kinship Navigator. “As caregivers ourselves, we build trust with callers based on our shared experience and provide customized and peer-to-peer support.”
The program is a free service and Navigators are available to speak to callers 10 hours a day, Monday to Friday, from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM at 1(800) 546-0047. Phone lines are accessible 24/7 and information is also available at www.cakinship.org.↓
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