Imagine you are a child and your parents suddenly disappear from your life because they are unable or unwilling to parent you. This may be because of death, abandonment, unemployment, child or substance abuse to name a few.

Grandparents and other relatives often step up to the plate and want to give these children the safe and stable home they rightly deserve.

These relatives then look to obtaining guardianship of the children so they can have the legal authority to obtain medical care, enroll the children in school and carry them on their health insurance policy. All things they may not be able to do without a legal relationship.

The forms required to file for guardianship are confusing and overwhelming to most of these caregivers. They need a trained person who can walk them through the 37 pages of forms and explain to them how they need to be completed. They then need to know what the rest of the process is to obtain the legal rights to raise these children. They also need support services before, during and after they obtain guardianship, as the entire process means they are "suing" one of their own children or siblings.

A study at UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare shows that children raised in stranger care, such as foster care are likely to be in that same home a year later only 40% of the time. If they are placed with relatives without support services the figure goes up to 60%, however if they are placed with relatives that are provided support services the figure goes up to an amazing 98%.

Thanks to funding from Speedway Children's Charities Grandparents Parenting . . . Again is able to provide many self help clinics during the month so that the children being raised by relatives can feel safe and secure.

Grandparent Parenting . . . Again's facilitators have been trained by a former Chief Probate Court investigator to assist relatives in their desire to care for and protect the most vulnerable of our society . . . . . the children of Sonoma County.

In addition, our agency provides support groups, & family get-togethers so that neither the children nor the caregiver feels isolated and can get to know other people in their same situation.