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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Grandmothers and grandfathers who are raising their grandchildren will be recognized at the second annual Grandparents Awards Day on August 25 sponsored by a West Side social service agency.

The number of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren is climbing due to increased stresses of inner city life including violence, drug addiction, and incarceration, according to Saundra Spaulding.

Herself a great-grandmother, Spaulding serves as Grandparent Advocate at Sankofa Safe Child Initiative, a family service referral agency in Austin and Lawndale, where she is working on establishing a support group for childrearing grandparents.

Sankofa is sponsoring an appreciation luncheon celebration recognizing caregiving grandparents on Wednesday, August 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at United Baptist Church, 4242 W. Roosevelt. The day will conclude with an award ceremony for grandparents, presented by U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis.

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