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Greetings Grandparents and Relatives Raising Grandchildren!

And WELCOME to the website of the Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. The Commission’s primary purpose is to serve as a resource to the Commonwealth on issues affecting grandparents and all relatives raising grandchildren. Our interactive website is devoted to fostering education, networking, research, programs and support to grandparents and all relatives raising grandchildren. To meet the Commissioners and stay up-to-date on their activities, follow the Commission link here or at the top of this homepage. In an attempt to streamline your search for information on our website, we have organized it into categories with links to information. The “Resource Database” link below will allow you to search for a specific service or assistance that may be available in or close to your city, town or county, or at the state or national level. For the Newsletter archives, Real Stories from Real Grandfamilies, discussion and feedback, follow the Communications link here or at the top of this homepage.



WAIT LIST for the 5th Annual Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Conference on June 8th: the response to this conference has been overwhelmingly positive and as a result, we are now wait-listing those who have not yet registered but would like to attend. As cancellations are anticipated, please obtain registration information by selecting this link to register in case space does open up.

The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) writes I am writing to bring to the attention of both EOHHS and DESE a matter raised by the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group on Cape Cod. We recently discovered that a number of low-income children in receipt of MassHealth (Medicaid) were not directly certified for National School Lunch Program (NLSP) free meals in accordance with the terms of the state’s Medicaid NSLP Direct Certification Demonstration Project. As you know, USDA approved Massachusetts for this Demonstration Project in June of 2014, to begin school year 2014/15. Under the Demonstration Project, Massachusetts, Medicaid-eligible children with gross income below 133% of the federal poverty level (FPL) are automatically or “directly certified” for free school meals, without having to submit a NSLP meals application. The students’ Medicaid eligibility information is secured through a data match between DESE and EOHHS before the beginning of each school year and on a periodic basis after that. Select this link to continue...

The Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren invites you to attend The 5th ANNUAL GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN CONFERENCE on JUNE 8th. The day-long event is for grandparents, kinship caregivers, support group facilitators, providers, and community leaders. Select this link for the day's agenda and REGISTRATION information.

Please WELCOME Colleen Pritoni, the Coordinator for the Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. You can meet Colleen on the COMMISSION page of the website.

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