Grandparents Who Parent

Although grandparents have always been involved in the care of their grandchildren, a growing number of grandparents are now responsible for raising their grandchildren. Megan Dolbin-MacNab has gained insight into the needs and experiences of this growing family form. Also featured: Young people who have been in foster care have an increased likelihood that their own children will be in foster care as well. Great Expectations is a program designed to help break that cycle by supporting foster youth in getting into college and beyond. Later in the show: Getting people to talk about their trauma is an essential part of healing. Fred Bemak and Rita Chi-Ying Chung created Counselors Without Borders and use talk therapy in their relief work following disasters in Thailand, Myanmar, Haiti and New Orleans. Also featured: A new study finds that widows and widowers experience less emotional and physical pain than their married, divorced, or single counterparts. Jim Wade says these findings speak to the strength of the human spirit to develop psychological strength after misfortune. And: Many parents push their biracial children to one race group or another in an attempt to help them “fit in.” Kristen Nugent finds that experiencing multicultural family and community groups is supremely important in developing a strong sense of self-esteem in biracial children.

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