NATIONAL EFFORT LAUNCHED TO RECOGNIZE CRITICAL ROLE OF GRANDPARENTS CARING FOR U.S. CHILDREN

Nominate A “Grandparent of the Year” Deadline for entries: July 20

Few people are aware of a recent startling shift in family dynamics, but grandparents are the primary caregivers for nearly six million children in this country – and the numbers are growing. In fact, 75 percent of all non-parental care of children in America is now provided by grandparents.

“Grandparents are becoming increasingly critical to the health and welfare of our nation’s children,”says Dr. Lorrie Henderson, acting president of the 126-year-old national children’s crisis charity KidsPeace.

“At a time when children are facing unprecedented stresses and many parents are busy juggling home and career, the deep reservoir of knowledge and parenting wisdom held by today’s 79 million grandparents amounts to nothing less that a national treasure. We must do more to recognize this growing trend andprovide support and recognition to those who are raising increasing numbers of America’s children.”

To focus the nation’s attention on this phenomenon and provide grandparents with the recognition they deserve, the national children’s charity KidsPeace, Humana, Mattel, Beaches Resorts and GRAND Magazine are launching the third annual national search for an example of extraordinary care worthy of the title of GRANDparent of the Year. Any member of the American public can nominate a GRANDparent of the Year. Nominating forms are available in the May/June issue of GRAND Magazine

and online at www.grandmagazine.com . Children should use the kid-safe site www.grandcontest.com (no personal information is asked). All nominations include a short, 100-word description of why the nominee deserves this honor. The GRANDparent of the Year will be honored with a seven-day, six-night all-inclusive luxury vacation for two in the Turks and Caicos or Jamaica from Beaches Resorts. The top 10 finalists will receive a $100 gift certificate and their photos and essays of nomination will be published in the Sept/Oct issue of GRAND Magazine in time for National Grandparents Day on September 7, and on www.grandmagazine.com. In addition, every grandparent nominated will receive a free subscription to GRAND Magazine.

Because of its work with and interest in helping children and families, charity KidsPeace has agreed to be the nonprofit partner for the effort. The national effort is also being supported by Humana, Mattel, and Beaches Resorts, which share GRAND’s goals to celebrate and honor grandparents and strengthen the bond between grandparents and grandchildren.

“Grandparents play an increasingly critical role in the shaping of new generations,” says Christine Crosby, founder and publisher of GRAND magazine. “Grandparents are full-time caregivers for almost six million American children, and are caregivers day and night to tens of millions more children while their parents work. It’s about time we learn to value grandparents in our society as much as other cultures do. We will all benefit.”

KidsPeace is a 126-year-old national children’s charity dedicated to giving help, hope and healing to kids
facing crises including traumas, neglect, depression, and the pressures of modern life. Founded in
1882,KidsPeace helps 10,000 children at 65 centers nationally and millions more through public education
and outreach. Supported by VIP leaders including its national spokesperson and founder of the Memory
Foundation Leeza Gibbons, child advocates, and child safety and self-esteem icon RETRO BILL, KidsPeace
was named “The Outstanding Organization” of its kind in the country by the AAPSC and was called “a
prototype of what we need for all children everywhere” by the late, nationally renowned child and family
expert, Dr. Lee Salk.

Geraldine Jensen

Publisher and Editor of Families Online Magazine. Our experts provide warm, loving, and generous advice for you, your family and children, no matter their age -- infants, school age, 'tweens, and teenagers. Features include:Parenting, Ages and Stages of Child Development, Child Support, Cooking, Health, Children's Books, Nutrition, Christian Parenting, Relationships, Green-living, Education and School

Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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