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Family Caregivers Unite!

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May 04th 2010:Grandparents and Kinship Family Caregiving

Betty Cornelius and Sherry Johnson are kinship caregivers. Kinship caregivers are often grandparents, but they may be aunts, uncles, cousins, or others who are caring for children or youths in need of care or protection. Kinship caregiving is the full-time nurturing and protection of a child who is the caregiver’s kin but not a son or daughter. Betty and Sherry share with us their stories as grandparents as kinship caregivers. They talk about support groups they founded or have experience with. They identify the children’s health conditions that so often create the call for kinship caregiving.

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Betty Cornelius

Betty Cornelius is President and Founder of Cangrands National Kinship Support, a Canadian non-profit organization for kinship support. It’s a home on-line that welcomes grandparents and kinship families raising grandchildren or other family members. It helps them maintain or re-establish family ties. It answers questions on legal and health issues, and provides practical advice for kin raising children and grandchildren. In Canada kin, mostly grandmothers or aunts on low income, raise 62,500 children. Little support exists for the children, many of whom have suffered neglect and abuse. But for kin caregivers, support is even less. Betty’s own story tells of hardship and sorrow. But, she s
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Sherry Johnson

Sherry Johnson has adopted three granddaughters who have been with her for ten years. They came into her care through the courts in the State of Hawaii which removed them from their parents and placed them in foster care. Their biological parents’ rights were terminated and rescinded in 2000. Her daughter is the girls’ birth mother. The girls were exposed to drugs and alcohol prenatally. They had been severely abused and neglected by both parents, and by the foster care parents while in State custody. Sherry’s experience includes working with children and caring for them. It includes her life as a parent, former foster parent, step-parent, juvenile probation and parole officer, and all-r
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