Conference for Grandparents Raising Kids Is March 20

The 12th annual Grandparents As Parents conference will be Thursday, March 20, at the Clarion Hotel in Lexington.

The conference is designed to help grandparents and other caregivers who have full parental responsibility for someone else’s children.

The event will feature 13 workshops covering issues such as how to complete the legal process of gaining custody, how to discipline children from abusive homes and how to create a healthy balance between the caregiver and child.

Free, individual consultations with an attorney will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Representatives also will be available to meet individually about Social Security, the Kentucky Department of Community Based Services family support and adoption. Those interested in consults should indicate so on the registration form.

Dr. Malcolm Smith of the University of New Hampshire will deliver his keynote address titled, “The Meanest Generation – How Things Have Changed and What to Do About It.”

Dr. Smith will present two workshops – “Realistic Grandparenting” that will explore how parenting has changed in this generation and “Understanding Bullying.”

Conference registration begins at 8 a.m. and costs $5 for attendees. The fee includes lunch. The keynote speech begins at 8:30 a.m. and the final workshop ends at 3:30 p.m.

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