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St. Catharines Chapter

St. Catharines Chapter is starting soon!

Starts: June 1st, 2016, 6pm to 8pm
Place: Grapeview Church
41 Grapeview Drive

Child Care Spots Are Still Available…please email cangrands.stcatharines@gmail.com to register your family.

First Wednesday of Every Month, 6pm to 8pm Starting June 1st 2016 Child Care Available! If interested, please register your child(ren) by emailing alesniewski4@cogeco.ca or call April @905-684-9980. Registration must be completed by the Sunday prior to our meeting. Spaces are limited for safety reasons. Located at Grapeview Free Methodists Church 41 Grapeview Drive St. Catharines, ON Canada L2S 0A8

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Grans closet provides to kinship children and their caregivers.

We call it the club no one wanted to join! CANGRANDS is a Kinship support group which sadly is growing at an alarming rate of over 20% per year. This grandparents, aunts, uncles and even cousins who are stepping up to the plate are heroes yet often broke and living below the poverty line while raising 1-3 special needs kinship children.

KINSHIP CHLDREN                                                                                                     Over one‐half of the kinship children are exposed to drugs or alcohol in utero, and just over one‐half of the kinship children who were exposed have resulting health problems.                                                                    Almost one‐quarter of the kinship youth were sexually, physically, or emotionally abused in their past.                                                                                                                        60% of the children witnessed spousal violence. Kin children are twice as likely to have experienced physical harm.                                                                                Kin children’s disabilities interfere with their education.

KINSHIP CAREGIVERS 75,000 Canadian kinship caregivers were identified in Canada’s 2011 census.       Many kinship caregivers are older, with lower incomes, poorer health, and less education than non‐kin foster parents.                                                                         58% of Kinship families consisting of a single grandmother age 64.                                          Approximately one third of Kinship families lived in extreme poverty.                                                       Roughly one third of Kinship caregivers are living with a disability and one‐half of these respondents report that their disability has either just arisen or worsened in the past year.

These differences can lead to greater challenges for kinship caregivers. Financial shortfalls, space constraints, legal authority, and family dynamics can all coalesce to make caring for these children a complicated and potentially problematic responsibility.

You can help ease their struggle by sharing your gently used clothing, baby items, toy, books, shoes, hygiene items, backpacks, school supplies, books as well as gift cards or birthday gifts to CANGRANDS Grans closet.

Call Betty at 613-334-4246 or grandma@cangrands.com to arrange a drop off or pick up of your items.

Or you can make a paypal donation at:  http://www.cangrands.com/donate.htm

Thank you to all of you who have contributed your time, money or gently used clothing, books and school supplies you are a true blessing!

CANGRANDS Silent Auction

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CANGRANDS faces our 13th annual conference and camp in the hole by 4400.00 with less than 2 weeks to go! Every DOLLAR helps to please make your paypal donation at: http://www.cangrands.com/join.htm
or make a cheque to Camp Ignite and send to 2580 Hartsmere Road McArthurs Mills, ON K0L2M0 and they will send you a tax receipt.