More than 100,000 children in Arizona are being raised by their grandparents or other relatives, according to the U.S. Census. Duet: Partners in Health & Aging helps grandparents raising grandkids through Valley-wide support groups, workshops, family activities, respite care, and information and referrals. Recently Thunderbirds Charities provided the nonprofit organization a $10,000 grant to support its one-of-a-kind Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program.
“The grant from Thunderbird Charities will make such a huge impact to grandfamilies [grandparents and the children they are raising] facing numerous challenges,” says Patricia Dominguez, MSW, director of kinship care services for Duet. “Many of the families are in distress. Emotions are high, and they’re confused as to what’s happening. Duet is that lifeline to making sense of their situation and providing hope.”
Duet provides families with the tools they need to navigate an often unexpected transition and helps to keep children out of foster care. The funds from the Thunderbirds Charities grant will support group family activities, respite care and more. These social and cultural outings such as family picnics, visits to local attractions and more allow grandparents and grandchildren to know they are not alone in their journeys.
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