Healthy Grandfamilies

Kanawha County Schools is proud to partner with WV State University in promoting accessibility for our guardians to the Healthy Grandfamilies Program. 

West Virginia State University (WVSU) Extension Service and WVSU’s Department of Social Work launched Healthy Grandfamilies in 2016 when organizers noticed an uptick in the number of West Virginia grandparents raising their grandchildren. A five-county pilot program soon expanded statewide, with program cohorts currently happening in all 55 counties of the state. WVSU has also established a Center for Grandfamilies on campus.

“West Virginia ranks second in the nation for the number of grandparents providing primary care to their grandchildren,” Dunn said. “With the show, we will be able to provide information and resources to even more grandfamilies throughout the state and help them adjust to being parents to 21stcentury children.”

The traditional Healthy Grandfamilies program consists of a series of discussion sessions on topics like navigating the school and legal systems, social media, health literacy and self-care, 21st century parenting and more. Sessions are supplemented with social work services. 

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