University of Illinois Extension

Support Groups Can Help

Cammy Seguin, Family Life Educator

Many grandparents who care for their grandchildren need to find others who can offer emotional support, encouragement, and advice. Friends who are not going through these joys and challenges may not really understand. To get the encouragement you need, consider joining a support group.

When you belong to a support group, you don't feel as isolated and alone. Members of a support group will listen as you talk about your concerns. They know what you are feeling because they have been in the same situation, or they are facing the same problems. Support group members encourage each other and share coping strategies. A group like this might just be the extra strength you need.

Members of support groups can help in other ways. They can give you information about local resources such as attorneys or social workers. And, they can offer advice on how to get past barriers when dealing with local agencies.

Many grandparents who care for their grandchildren need to find others who can offer emotional support, encouragement, and advice. Friends who are not going through these joys and challenges may not really understand. To get the encouragement you need, consider joining a support group.

When you belong to a support group, you don't feel as isolated and alone. Members of a support group will listen as you talk about your concerns. They know what you are feeling because they have been in the same situation, or they are facing the same problems. Support group members encourage each other and share coping strategies. A group like this might just be the extra strength you need.

Members of support groups can help in other ways. They can give you information about local resources such as attorneys or social workers. And, they can offer advice on how to get past barriers when dealing with local agencies.