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Caught Between Generations

Caught Between Generations

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December 07th 2017:Grandparents to the Rescue: Raising a Second Generation of Children

Grandfamilies are families in which children reside with and are being raised by their grandparents in the absence of one or both parents. What happens when families find themselves in this situation? How does raising a second generation of children affect the health and well-being of the grandparents? Dr. Joseph Crumbley and Jaia Lent are Dr. Merleā€™s guests for this timely, emotionally-charged discussion. Dr. Crumbley and Ms. Lent both specialize in issues related to kinshipcare, and counsel families in these types of situations. With opioid addiction at an all-time high, more and more fa

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Jaia Lent

Jaia Peterson Lent is the Deputy Executive Director at Generations United where she provides direction for the National Center on Grandfamilies, a leading voice for issues affecting families headed by grandparents or other relatives. She is a trusted voice on Capitol Hill, having testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and in several briefings. She is a sought-after speaker, nationally recognized columnist and blogger and respected media resource. In 2017 Lent was named one of the Top 50 Influencers in Aging by Next Avenue. Under her leadership, legislation has passed to support grandfamilies in areas ranging from housing to family caregiving to child welfare.
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Dr. Joseph Crumbley

Dr. Crumbley received his masters and doctorate in social work from the University of Pennsylvania. He is in private practice as a family therapist, trainer and consultant. His clinical experience includes adoption, foster care, chemical dependency, couples therapy, physical and sexual abuse. His most recent areas of specialization have been kinship care and transracial adoption Dr. Crumbley has co-authored a book with Robert Little entitled Relatives Raising Children : An Overview of Kinship Care. His second book is entitled Transracial Adoptions and Foster Care. He has also produced a series of training tapes for parents and professional on transracial adoptions and kinship care and
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