AGING SERVICES: Grandparents as Parents Support Network (GAPS)

Grandparents as Parents Support Network (GAPS)

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The GAPS Program
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: 
Grandparent Caregiver Support Groups
Please follow this link for a listing of:
To update your support group email
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
For more information on the GAPS Network, please contact the Area Agency on Aging in your area by calling 1-800-994-9422 (in CT), or by visiting their website:
 For the eastern area:
 For the south central area:
 For the southwestern area:
 For the north central area:
 For the western area:
Follow this link to the map of Connecticut to find the Area Agency on Aging serving your town. 
Additional Resources:
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).

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