Is there any other group besides a grandparent support group that knows what I'm going through?
Parenting is never an easy task. When you add the fact that the children's parents may be coming in and out of the picture, and the grandchildren may have special emotional and physical needs due to their past, it is easy to feel overwhelmed.
Talking over your problems at a grandparent support group can help. But, other groups can help as well. Check your phone book for some of these resources:
In addition, they are likely to have advice when working with child welfare agencies. To locate the group closest to you, write to the Illinois Foster Parent Association at 310 E. Adams, Springfield, IL 62701. Or you can contact the state president, Judy Battig, by phone: 815/965-1657, or e-mail: JLBattig@aol.com.
It may take some searching to find these groups, but don't get discouraged. Ask others in a grandparent support group or call local agencies.
Reference: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Guide To Finding Help and Hope by Marianne Takas, Brookdale Foundation Group, 1995.