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Grandparents give each other support

September 19, 2006

Albany--  2.4 million American grandparents are raising their children's children. A special group in Dougherty County gives local grandparents the support they need.

The Sowega Council on Aging holds a "Grand Gathering" twice a month for grandparents. Governor Sonny Perdue mandated that programs in 12 Georgia areas help grandparents who are raising grandkids or other relatives.

In Dougherty County, about 2000 grandparents serve as primary caregivers for their grandchildren. Louise Facen takes care of five of her grandkids. The support group gives her a chance to share with other grandparents stories of joy in raising the children.

"Well I look at it this way, if it wasn't for them I would probably be dead but thank God for keeping me alive to raise the kids," says Facen.

"They have limited resources many times, limited energy for certain and they're stepping up to the plate," says Care Coordinator Doris Long.

Many situations lead to parents not being able to take care of their children including drugs, incarceration or death. For more information on Grand Gatherings or the program, contact Doris Long at 229-432-1124.

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