Project Healthy Grandparents (PHG) evaluates the unique situation of each family from a strengths-based perspective and works with the grandparent to devise goals for facing their challenges. The staff coordinates their efforts by using a team approach. Services are offered free of charge for one year. Transportation is provided to monthly meetings. After the one-year of intensive involvement, grandparents are encouraged to continue attending group activities.
- Social Work Services
Monthly home visits by the social worker include strength-based family assessment, goal setting, case management, information, advocacy, and referral services. Social workers coordinate services with project nurses and the early intervention staff.
- Health Services
Monthly home visit by a registered nurse includes a heath assessment of the grandparent with a focus on blood pressure, weight, cholesterol, diabetes and vision screening. To link families to needed health resources, families are visited monthly by a registered nurse and/or receive appropriate referrals through the social worker.Grandchildren are screened for health issues and current immunization. Children aged five and younger are screened by project healthy Grandparents early intervention specialists and assessed for developmental delays at the Emory Neurodevelopment Exposure Clinic.
- Grandparent Support Groups
Each month the Grandparent Support Group meets on the Georgia State University Campus. The Group is a forum for mutual sharing encouragement. Sessions are facilitated by a masters-prepared social worker. Transportation is provided.
- Parenting Education Classes
Parenting Education Classes are provided throughout the year and meets on the Georgia State University campus. Parenting Education topics include behavioral management, parent child interaction, positive parenting strategies, and child development. Qualified professionals such as social workers and therapists conduct the classes. Transportation is provided.
During the year of participation in Project Healthy Grandparents, transportation is provided to monthly grandparent meetings, appointments for developmental evaluations at the Emory Neurodevelopment Exposure Clinic and PHG sponsored special events.
- Early Intervention Services
Project Healthy Grandparents professional staff identify grandchildren ages 0-5 years who may have developmental delays due to prenatal exposure to drugs and/or alcohol. If delays are indicated, a referral is made to the Emory Neurodevelopment Exposure Clinic for a thorough medical, social psychological and educational evaluation. PHG then works with grandparents to implement the recommendations of the Emory Neurodevelopment Exposure Clinic. Referrals are made to appropriate public health, education and social service for young children, including but not limited to Babies Can’t Wait, Preschool Special Education, Early Head Start/Head start, and Children’s medical services.
- Legal Services Referrals
The Atlanta Legal Aid Society (ALAS) works with PHG to provide adoption and other legal services to clients. ALAS also refers clients to the private law firm of Kilpatrick Stockton when necessary.
How to Apply for Our Services:
- Eligibility Requirements
- Referral Form/Request to Participate