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Grandma wants to start grand support group
When Linda first became responsible for her grand-children six years ago, she had a lot of questions. While searching the net she came across Cangrands, a group of grandparents raising grandkids, that gave her the much-needed support she needed.
“It was a godsend,” Linda says. “I could ask someone what to do in a certain situation and get some advice on what would be the next step.”
According to the 2001 census, there were 3,665 kids being cared for in Montreal that year, with 980 children under 15 living with a single grandparent, often on a very limited income.
“Cangrand was started in Ontario and had a web site up for years,” Linda says. “This allows all Canadian grandparents to unite in a single bond. We have summer camps, quilts, and a lot of sharing, with groups popping up in different cities to meet once a month.”
The group also offers guidance to grandparents making their way through the legal system, often for the first time.
Linda wants to start a Montreal support group for those who find themselves parenting for the second time around and for the children they care for. If you are raising a young family member and would like to network and share with others in a similar situation,
Email linda4u2c@sympatico.ca or Call (514) 733-4046. To learn about Cangrands, visit www.cangrands.com


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