Grandparents raising grandkids are often struggling more than other families during the coronavirus shutdown; they’re trying to manage 24/7 childcare, school, and financial stress. Creating a Family, a local nonprofit dedicated to supporting adoptive, foster, and kinship families, is starting an online support group to help these families during this time. 

Creating a Family will be offering videos with leading national experts speaking on topics such as how to homeschool without too much stress, dealing with challenging behaviors, and how to juggle work, homeschool, and parenting. The organization will help each participant get comfortable with the technology. The time and day will depend on what the participants want.

The following topics will be covered in the videos:
1.    Surviving the Coronavirus Shutdown — Carol Lozier, author of "The Adoptive & Foster Parent Guide: How to Heal Your Child's Trauma and Loss"
2.    Homeschooling During the Coronavirus Shutdown — Heather Forbes, author of "Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control: A Love-Based Approach to Helping Attachment-Challenged Children With Severe Behaviors"
3.    Challenging Behaviors Triggered by the Coronavirus Crisis — Amanda Purvis, TBRI® Trainer with The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development
4.    Using This Time to Develop Resiliency — Roxanne Thompson, Clinical Director at The Institute for Attachment & Child Development
5.    How to Juggle Kids, Schooling & Work During Coronavirus (without losing our minds) — Julie Beem, Director of the Attachment and Trauma Network 

If you know someone who would benefit from these videos, please pass this information along to them! You can also send Creating a Family the names and phone numbers or email addresses or people you think would be interested, and they’ll reach out to them directly. You can contact Creating a Family by emailing them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling them at 828-862-8200.

Grandparents Raising Grandkids Online Support Group