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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 to arrange a drop off or pick up of your items.

Or you can make a paypal donation at:

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!

need everyone to open these links to keep us in the top ten!

Legal Information Resources For Ontario Grandparents

Financial Resources for Ontario Grandparents Raising their Grandchildren


Angel Tree has partnered with CANGRANDS and has agreed to cover ALL camp fees for all attending kinship families for our 8th annual conference and campout. Check out the ‘Camp Out’ page on the Cangrands web site for how to register.

The Book – The Journey

Gail Smith just published a Children’s Book – The Journey. This book has been years in the making, when Gail joined the Cangrands – the group no one wanted to join – then this book became a priority.

You can purchase this book on-line here Gail Smith’s Book – The Journey
This is a story of a little girl named Sue. Captured is a time when your only toy was your imagination and the outside world your playground. As you read you are pulled into Sue’s world where Ants can talk and anything is possible. A riveting tale of a friendship and a little girl’s determination.

50% of all profits will go to Cangrands. There are several things that we are hoping to accomplish with this money.

Our Goal –

    * To help with little day to day things that most people take for granted. School trips, school pictures, birthday parties, Christmas baskets.
    * To ensure that glasses,prescriptions and dental costs can be met. To ensure that all special needs can be met.
    * To give on going help to those that need it. Whether it be monthly or a one time gift.
    * To ensure that each and every Cangrand can afford Legal Advise to ensure the well being and safety of their Grandchild.

The list and need is great and I could go on, but I am sure you understand that this money will used for the Grandparents/Kin and the Grandchildren/Kin.

The need is real and this is especially true now when the Liberal Government in all their wisdom has deem that the Ontario Works Temporary Assistance is unnecessary.

Some links that might be helpful


  • Loneliness, depression not uncommon among grandparents raising grandchildren
  • Grandma knows best
  • Bill 8 would protect grandparents’ right to see grandchildren
  • Many grandparents raising grandchildren with fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Uniting the voices of grandparents
  • Ontario Child Benefit will help grandparents raising grandchildren
  • By the numbers: Grandparents who raise children