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October 05th 2010:Kinship Caring and Grandparents’ Rights

Betty Cornelius is President and Founder of Cangrands National Kinship Support, a Canadian organization. Tammy Brockhaus is 61 years of age, and widowed. She coordinates the Cangrands group in Huntsville, Ontario. They are both grandparent kinship carers. Among many tasks, they are activists for changes in law needed to establish grandparents’ rights relative to kinship caring. The explain kinship caring and why it’s needed, and describe their own family experiences to illustrate the value of kinship caring for grandchildren. They discuss the challenges faced by them and others like them, such

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Tammy Brockhaus

Tammy Brockhaus is 61 years of age, and widowed. She coordinates the Cangrands group in Huntsville, Ontario. Recently she participated with other Cangrands in getting signatures for a change in legislation aimed at helping kinship family caregivers like her. She’d retired a year ago. But she’s recently chosen to return to work, to help with the household finances. She has 3 children. She’s adopted the child of her middle child. He was taken from his parents at 8 days old, and he came into her care when he was 30 days old. He will be nine years old next birthday.
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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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