The State Department on Aging, with support from agencies throughout Connecticut, developed the Grandparents as Parents Support network (GAPS). Today the main focus of the GAPS network is to share information amongst the network of over 200 agencies, individuals and community organizations. GAPS focus in the past was to help provide assistance in establishing grandparent support groups for grandparents and relatives raising children. GAPS support groups were started in all five regions of the state under the auspices of the Brookdale Foundation Groupís national program, Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP). Today there are over 70 support groups in the state of CT.
Joining the GAPS Network
The GAPS Network listserv provides information to its members regarding grant opportunities, legislative updates, support group ideas, and other pertinent subjects such as legal issues and community resources. To join the GAPS Network contact the Department on Aging Field Representative, Erin Soli, at the following E-mail address: Erin.Soli@ct.gov
Grandparent Caregiver Support Groups
Please follow this link for a listing of:
The Kinship Navigator
If you are a grandparent or other blood relative caring for a relative's
child(ren) full-time, you are providing kinship care. The Kinship Navigator, funded in part by the Department of Social Services, is available online through 2-1-1 United Way of CT. The Kinship Navigator provides a comprehensive listing of resources and services available to relatives raising children. For more information and to access 2-1-1's Community Resources Database and/or perform targeted searches for services in your area visit:
Additional Information on the GAPS Network
The Childrenís Law Center of CT
offers free legal services regarding family law issues. For more information please visit their Law Line. The toll free # is 1-888-LAW-DOOR or (1-888-529-3667).