Launch of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Legal Guide - April 1, 2009

Grandparents raising grandchildren is a growing family phenomenon. The 2006 BC census reports almost 10,000 children under the age of 18 being raised by grandparents—more than the number of children currently in BC’s foster care system.

Members of the media are invited to join members from University of Victoria’s School of Social Work, Parent Support Services of BC and grandparent caregivers at the launch of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Legal Guide, (PDF, 3.5 MB) at the Greater Victoria Central Library.

The legal guide, the first of its kind in Canada, is the result of a 20-month collaborative project between the School of Social Work and Parent Support Services of B.C. Developed with the input of grandparents, social workers, service providers, lawyers and judges and funded through the Law Foundation of BC and three provincial ministries, the guide will help grandparents navigate the complex legal issues involved in raising grandchildren.

What: Launch of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Legal Guide
When: Wednesday, April 1, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Greater Victoria Central Public Library, Talking Books section meeting room, 735 Broughton Street

Media Contacts:
Barbara Whittington (School of Social Work) at 250-721-8044 or
Carrie Wright-Donaldson, (Parent Support Services of BC) at 250-384-8042 or
Christine McLaren (Human and Social Development Communications) at 250-721-6467 or