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County Executive Leopold Announces Kinship Caregivers Resource Day

Two locations at Annapolis Boys and Girls Club, Glen Burnie High

Annapolis, MD (September 24, 2010) - County Executive John R. Leopold today announced that the first Kinship Caregivers Resource Day will be held on Oct. 7 in Annapolis and Glen Burnie.

Anne Arundel County values the commitment and sacrifice that relatives make to care for children in their home, County Executive John R. Leopold said. We recognize a childs connection to family, relatives, and the community is critical to that childs stability and well-being.

Kinship Caregivers Resource Day provides resources for relatives caring for a young grandchild, niece or nephew.  This free event will be held at two locations: from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at  the Annapolis Boys and Girls Club, 121 S. Villa Ave., Annapolis; or from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Glen Burnie High School in the gymnasium, 7505 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie.

Participants can meet with representatives from county agencies to learn about available programs and receive a manual with helpful tips.  According to a survey recently released by the Pew Research Center, one child in 10 in this country lives with a grandparent.  Earlier this year the Countys Department of Social Services received a portion of a federal grant that was awarded to the Maryland Department of Human Resources to develop services and supports for such caregivers.

Agency partners include the Department of Social Services, the Department of Aging and Disabilities, the Department of Recreation and Parks, and Anne Arundel County Public Schools. For information on the Kinship Program or to request assistance, contact the Kinship Navigator at 410-897-3933 or ctorsiel@dhr.state.md.us.


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