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Conference offers advice and aid to grandparents raising grandchildren

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More and more children are being brought-up not by their parents but by their grandparents.

The latest census shows about ten percent of children are being raised by their grandparents.

"That is happening because we have a lot of parents -- they try," said Shirley Reed. "They just can't make it. And rather than leaving the children here, there and everywhere, they'll take them to their parents to raise."

Reed knows. She reared several of her own mentally-ill daughter's children.

"Some people have that perfect family? Like 'Leave It To Beaver'? We didn't have that," explained Reed. "I have one child that's bi-polar. And I've had all of her kids. I raised my grandkids. Now I'm raising great grands.

To help out others in the same boat, Reed started a non-profit called Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Aldine-Harris County.

Reed says grandparents need help and advice. And Diana Cash agrees. She's bringing up two of her great-grandchildren: twin girls who are 12 years old.

"It's hard in some ways," said Cash. "Financially, it's hard."

But also rewarding, Cash admits.

"I find notes on the table, where they'll write, 'Granny we love you, granny we think you're great.' It's worth it. I would do it all over again."

"Grandparents Raising Grandchildren" is sponsoring a family-strengthening conference on Saturday. For more information, click here:

http://familystrenghtheningconference-eorg.eventbrite.com/

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