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Re-Threading Madness

Grand­par­ents (and oth­er rel­a­tives) raise the chil­dren of oth­er fam­i­ly mem­bers at a rate that far sur­pass­es the num­ber of chil­dren in our cur­rent fos­ter cares sys­tem here in BC. In fact, even the gov­ern­ment rec­og­nizes that they are a large­ly hid­den and unrec­og­nized social ser­vice sys­tem. On ReThread­ing Mad­ness Berna­dine, a grand­par­ent who rais­es a grand­child her­self, speaks with three oth­er grand­moth­ers in this posi­tion. So often we are focused on car­ing for our chil­dren and advo­cat­ing for their rights and needs. But today, Berna­dine shines the light on the grand­par­ents ask­ing what did you/​do you need and where are you get­ting it from. Out of this the impor­tance of Par­ent Sup­port Ser­vices in BC and Fair­ness for Chil­dren Raised by Rel­a­tives comes into focus.