This practice brief describes the planning and implementation of a local yearly conference for grandparents raising grandchildren. The conference was first held in 2002, and today is offered by a task force consisting of Area Agency on Aging staff, grandparents, Human Service program staff, representatives of various provider agencies and organizations, and academics from a local university. This practice brief describes funding, venue, logistics of the conference day, topics of most interest over the years, and the challenge of reaching grandfamilies. Also described is how evaluation by grandparents has helped the conference evolve to remain relevant and meaningful for grandfamilies today.
Collins, S. M.
(2019). Planning and presenting a yearly informational conference for grandfamilies. GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy, 5 (2).
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/grandfamilies/vol5/iss2/8