Keeping it all together: Grandparents raising grandchildren with special needs

Speakers ‚óŹ Resource Fair

Join us for this free event for grandparents of children who experience developmental disability and mental/behavioral health challenges. It will help kinship guardians identify strategies and resources that supports healthy growth and resiliency.

Shelley Barnes, a grandparent’s perspective: 9 - 10:20 am

Shelley, Family Involvement Coordinator at Oregon Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs, OCCYSHN, will share her journey of raising two grandchildren who experience disability with humor and candor.

Denise Best, M.A., LPC, The Art of GRANDparenting: 10:40 am – 12 pm

Denise will provide an overview of the unique challenges parenting grandchildren. With a better understanding of cognitive development and the effects of trauma, participants will go home with tools that address problematic behaviors and other issues.

Grandparents’ Resource Fair: 8:30 am – 1 pm

Visit our resource fair where you can talk with and get information from agencies and service providers, including: County Social Services, educational resources, mental health support, and much more.

Registration instructions:

Register at Click on “online class catalog” and search by class name for “Swindells Center–Grandparents–Portland.” OR to register by phone, call 503-215-2429 or 800-833-8899 ext 52429. Spanish interpretation services are available; please call 503-574-6595 before Sept. 25.

Limited child care is available for this event. Call 503-215-5400 to reserve a space.

This workshop is free thanks to the generosity of our Providence Child Center Guild.