Henderson schools begins Relatives as Parents Support Group

Henderson schools begins Relatives as Parents Support Group

HENDERSON, KY (WFIE) - Researchers estimate that 7% of children in Kentucky live not with their parents, but with another relative or in foster care.

Henderson County schools are providing special support for those types of families.

Family resource coordinators plan to meet once a month through the end of the school year. During Thursday night’s session, they are planning to center conversations on internet safety.

The topic is important because technology continues evolve and challenge some of the grandparents or even great grandparents who are now raising relatives.

More than a dozen people showed up for the first session in the series.

Based on the 2018 county data book from Kentucky Youth Advocates, the rate of children in foster care is up in 92 of Kentucky’s 120 counties. And the number of Kentucky children being raised by relatives outside of the foster care system continues to rise at staggering rates. Experts say much of this data is fueled by parents struggling with addiction.

The district’s Family Resource Center breaks down those barriers the students and families face.

“Some of these grandparents went from zero children in the home to maybe four now. So, they’re struggling now with cooking and recipes and it’s been a while since they’ve had to do that,” Melissa Walker explained.

Door prizes, a light meal and childcare are all provided for those attending.

The session are held at the Professional Development Center just off of North Green Street.

They begin at 5:30 PM.

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