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Resiliency and Custodial Grandparents: Recognizing and Supporting Strengths

Parent education programs historically focused on providing services to first time parents in traditional families. This model of parent education has changed dramatically during the past generation. Parenting classes now serve varied populations, including parents whose children have been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect, parents in the process of divorce, blended families, teen parents, single parents, incarcerated parents, military families, and grandparents who are raising grandchildren. Effective parent education programs need to recognize specific challenges and unique strengths common to the population being served. This chapter will highlight the development, implementation, and evaluation of a program designed to capitalize on the prior experiences, motivation, and capabilities of custodial grandparents. As shown within this chapter, there is no one “right” way to provide services to custodial grandparent family members. Effective services may look different in various communities but all share the common mission of assisting grandparents to acquire new skills and knowledge, establish vital relationships, and recognize and enhance their own personal resiliency.