GRANDPARENTS
RAISING GRANDCHILDREN

GRANDPARENTS
RAISING GRANDCHILDREN

Parenting isn’t easy – especially the second-time around.

Grandparents or relatives who find themselves in the unexpected position of raising their grandchildren or kin face complex situations. Sharing a household across generations can be more manageable with Duet’s support.

Through the help of these supportive services, grandparents can balance the challenges of a new family dynamic and thrive.

For any grandparents raising grand-kids out there, I’d encourage them to go to a Duet support group for help. It’s been a lifesaver for me.
– Patricia, hopeful grandparent

Support Groups

You are not alone. One way to make the task easier is to connect with other grandparents in the same situation. Support groups give you a place to share experiences, network with others, and find workable solutions to the challenges ahead. If you need emotional support or just an hour to yourself, join one of Duet’s support groups to re-set and restore.

Duet offers ongoing support groups throughout the Valley including East Valley, Central Phoenix, and Far West Valley. If you’re new to Duet’s support groups, please call ahead of time at (602) 274-5022 before attending.

july, 2018

05jul6:00 pm8:00 pmGrandfamilies Support - Mesa1st Thursday in Mesa6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Bethlehem Lutheran Church

11jul9:00 am11:00 amGrandfamilies Support - Ahwatukee2nd and 4th Wednesdays in Ahwatukee9:00 am - 11:00 am Mountain View Lutheran Church

12jul9:00 am11:00 amGrandfamilies Support - Phoenix2nd and 4th Thursdays in Phoenix9:00 am - 11:00 am Duet Office

24jul1:00 pm2:30 pmGrandfamilies Support - Buckeye4th Tuesday in Buckeye1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Buckeye Community Center

25jul9:00 am11:00 amGrandfamilies Support - Ahwatukee2nd and 4th Wednesdays in Ahwatukee9:00 am - 11:00 am Mountain View Lutheran Church

26jul9:00 am11:00 amGrandfamilies Support - Phoenix2nd and 4th Thursdays in Phoenix9:00 am - 11:00 am Duet Office

28jul9:00 am11:00 amGrandfamilies Support - Goodyear4th Saturday in Goodyear9:00 am - 11:00 am Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church

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Legal Guidance & Assistance

Raising grandchildren without some form of legal custody can be challenging. Duet can help with legal guidance and assistance. We help determine and offer guidance and assistance for legal options for grandparents in Maricopa County through:

1. Free-of-charge guardianship clinics offered quarterly to provide education and information about legal guardianship issues.
2. Legal document preparation assistance.

Duet staff are here for you to assist in finding the right legal guidance and assistance remedy for you.

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Respite Assistance

Are you thinking of sending your grandchildren to summer camp, enrolling them in a local day camp, or after school activities? Duet understands finances may not always allow you to enroll in these types of activities that benefit both grandparents and grandchildren. Duet may be able to help your grandchildren attend these wonderful programs while offering you sometime for yourself through our respite care service which may pay for part or all of the registration fees.

If you are interested in respite assistance, be prepared to:

  • Show legal custody, such as guardianship, non-parent custody, etc. for your grandchildren.
  • Answer questions about your unique situation. (about a 30 minute process)
  • Give the name of the agency that will be providing respite service, along with their full address, phone number and contact person
  • Give the start and end dates for the program, and class frequency (i.e. every Mon. and Wed.)
  • If approved, it takes 10 business days to process the request.

Call for an appointment to see if you qualify for assistance

Information & Guided Assistance

Wondering where to turn for help? We help you navigate the services and programs available to eligible grandparents with one-on-one assistance and ongoing referrals. We offer benefits and entitlement counseling to help identify the services and programs available to you.

Educational Workshops

We provide educational workshops and seminars that focus on the special needs of grandparents raising grandchildren.

Topics include:

  • Financial literacy
  • Advocating for the needs of your family
  • Guardianship and adoption
  • Grandparents as community leaders
  • Substance abuse awareness

july, 2018

14jul9:30 am12:00 pmFamily History WorkshopA Workshop for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren9:30 am - 12:00 pm MST Duet Office

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Grandfamily Outings

To help counteract the challenges of a new living situation, Duet offers monthly family activities and a wide variety of recreational opportunities for grandparents and their grandchildren. These outings are beneficial for the children to meet and socialize with other children in similar circumstances, and give grandparents a chance to simply “be grandparents” and participate in fun activities with their grandchildren. Annual events include a picnic, grandparent’s day outing, and holiday party.

july, 2018

21jul10:00 pm12:30 pmChallenger Space CenterAn Outing for Grandfamilies10:00 pm - 12:30 pm MST Challenger Space Center

27jul(jul 27)12:00 pm28(jul 28)11:00 amCamp Verde Grandparent Retreat: July 27-28, 2018A Retreat for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren12:00 pm - 11:00 am (28) MST The Lodge Hotel

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Information and referral resources

We help you identify and navigate the community services and programs available to you to help you continue to live self-sufficiently. We also provide referrals for assistance if there are other issues such as dementia.

Area Agency on Aging:
(602) 264-2255

Senior Help Line:
(602) 264–HELP(4357)

2-1-1 Community Information and Referral

Ask For Help.

If you need help, please fill out the form here or give us a call.

Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm

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