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The Breakdown with a Support Group for Grandparents: How Coronavirus has added new challenges

Published: Aug. 17, 2020 at 3:38 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - More grandparents are raising their grandchildren in Kentucky by percentage of population, than any other state in the country. An estimated 96,000 children in Kentucky are being cared for by their grandparents or another relative.

It’s often due to a breakdown in the family, like drug abuse, and creates many challenges.

Now, add coronavirus and concerns about health, and the stress level goes up even more.

“It just ramped things up. The stress level, it’s already at a high level, it just made it that much worse.”

That’s from Mary Jo Dendy, a Family Resource Center Coordinator, at two Lexington schools, who helps organize a support group for grandparents.

She’s our live guest tonight at 6:30 on The CW Lexington for discussion about the challenges and support. Plus at 6 tonight on WKYT we’ll hear from a grandmother on adjusting to virtual learning at home with her grandchild.

The Kinship Families Coalition of Kentucky offers support groups across the state. Click here to find one in your area.

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