County Offers Grandparents Raising Grandchildren a Day of Fun



12011 Government Center Parkway
Suite 500
Fairfax, Virginia 22035-1102

May 5, 2009

News Highlights

  • Kinship Respite Day is on Saturday May 16, 2009 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Gum Springs Community Center and Southgate Community Center
  • Children ages 3 - 12 who are Fairfax County residents can participate.
  • The program is free but pre-registration is required
  • Children attending must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

County Offers Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
a Day of Fun with a Family Luncheon and Game Day.

An estimated 3,500 households in Fairfax County have grandparents raising their grandchildren, many of whom have little opportunity for leisure. Fairfax County is sponsoring a Kinship Respite Day on Saturday, May 16, to provide grandparents (and other relatives) who are raising a child for another family member a day of fun with a family luncheon and games. Children ages 3 -12, who are Fairfax County residents, can participate in the free program. Children attending the event must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

This event will be held from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at two locations – the Gum Springs Community Center (8100 Fordson Rd., Alexandria, VA 22306), and at the Southgate Community Center (2125 Pinecrest Rd., Reston, VA 20191).

This is an opportunity for kinship families to meet, enjoy some mouth-watering food and participate in fun games with their children.

There is no cost for the Kinship Respite Day, but pre-registration is required by Monday, May 11. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

For more information or to register, call the Department of Family Services Fairfax Area Agency on Aging at 703-324-3517, TTY 703-222-9693. For reasonable ADA accommodations, contact Nancy Coffey with the Department of Family Services Children, Youth and Families Division at 703-324-7723, TTY 703-222-9452.

The county's departments of Community and Recreation Services, Family Services, Systems Management for Human Services, Fairfax County Public Schools, and the Kinship Care Committee of Fairfax County are jointly sponsoring the event.

In addition to the respite day for relatives who are raising a child for another family member, the schools and other county departments have published a Kinship Care Resource Guide and are sponsoring two ongoing support groups that meet twice each month.

The Resource Guide is available on the Fairfax County Web site or in hard copy by calling the DFS publications manager at 703-324-5870, TTY 703-222-9452. The guide contains more than 100 pages of helpful information including child care services, financial and legal assistance, safety information, educational services, resources for children with special needs, services for older adults, community recreation resources and much more.

The support groups are open to any grandparents or other relatives raising children under age 18. The sessions are free and child care is provided. Pre-registration is required. The North County Grandparents Support Group meets on Tuesdays from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Pennino Building (12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035). The South County Grandparents Support Group meets on Thursdays from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Bryant Alternative High School (2709 Popkins Lane, Alexandria, VA 22305).

To register for a support group, contact Robin Hamby, Fairfax County Public Schools, 703-277-2640; Colleen Turner, Fairfax County Department of Family Services, at 703-324-5489; or Sallie McLean, Fairfax County Department of Family Services, 703-324-5401; TTY 703-449-1186.

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Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-7723; TTY 703-222-9452.


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