A grandma?s tips
DAPHNE Flanders has raised three generations of children.
And on Thursday the Coffs Harbour grandmother, who is still caring for both teenagers and children under 10, was able to give a few tips to a gathering of about 50 grandparents and service providers who attended the Grandparents as Carers Forum at the Coffs Ex-Services Club.
The co-ordinator of Coffs Harbour's Future of Ageing program, Deb Kuhn, said yesterday the Forum had been extremely successful.
The Federal member for Coffs Harbour, Luke Hartsuyker, agreed yesterday to be a patron of the new Grandparents and Kinship Carers Support Service, which was launched at the Forum.
"We want to set up proper structured network so that other grandparents don't go through what Daphne and Pam have gone through," Ms Kuhn said.
"Many of them won't speak out because they are too afraid, feel guilty, and think they have an obligation to be strong and not to let the kids fall into the hands of DoCs, and many of them have to fight every step of the way to get the care of the kids.
"The predominant reason for the Forum was to get awareness happening, shake the pollies up and get the support service out there."
Ms Kuhn said the Council on the Ageing (COTA) was keen to see services for grandparent carers extended outside the metropolitan area.
The Grandparents and Kinship Carers Support Service can be contacted at the East Boambee Neighbourhood Centre on 6658 4655.