Help for grandparents raising grandchildren

Posted at 1:13 PM, Jul 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-17 13:39:42-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- It's a tough conversation for any parent to have when it comes to "the talk" about drug use. It can be even more difficult for grandparents. But there is a resource available to those who are raising grandchildren or relatives' children. 'Grandparent Connection' meets the third Thursday of every month. The group is designed to help grandparents and others, recognize those teachable moments.

Today (Thursday, July 17) from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. a meeting will be held at the Community Development Building at 9800 Government Center Parkway in Chesterfield.

Organizers say it's a chance for grandparents, in particular, to learn about the drugs today’s children are using and the signs to look for.

"It's a support group so they can talk to others going through the same situation and help each other out," Debbie Leidheiser with Senior Advocate said. "We have speakers coming and the one this Thursday is Mary Garber with the police department. She is talking about drugs and children, and how to identify if your child is doing drugs--just to be aware of some things to look for and what's out there."

The meetings are open to everyone in the Metro, not just Chesterfield residents. Free child care is also available.

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