Support group helps relatives raising kids not their own biologically

WCPOPublished: January 12, 2018
Published: January 12, 2018

BURLINGTON, Ky. -- As the heroin epidemic rages on in the Tri-State, more aunts, uncles, grandparents and other relatives are raising children whose parents have struggled with addiction. More than 6 percent of Kentucky children are being raised by relatives -- roughly 60,000 kids. And 1,000 of those are in Boone County. Now, a new group has formed to provide free support to those raising kids who are not their own biologically. "Relatives Raising Relatives and Others" meets every other month with morning and evening sessions. Laura Mosqueda of the Boone County Alliance is one of those relatives raising a family member's child who's leading the group. "We're talking about care for the caregiver," she said. "We're talking about our changing world. This month especially when you're talking about grandparents, things have really changed in schools and in society for kids to try to keep them in tap with what's going on in communities and with kids." The next support group meetings are planned for: 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the main branch of the Boone County Public Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington, Ky. Snacks and refreshments provided. 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Florence Christian Church, 300 Main St., Florence. Note: Dinner is also offered, starting at 6 p.m. Sessions will also be held in March, May and July. A variety of topics are covered during the support group meetings, including handling behavioral issues, parenting skills and navigating the judicial system. Relatives Raising Relatives and Others is supported by a variety of local organizations, including the Boone County Public Library, Florence Christian Church, Anthem-Medicaid, Boone County Schools' Family Resource Center Coordinators and the Boone County Alliance. Financial support from the program comes from the Mayerson Foundation and the Scripps-Howard Foundation. For more information on the support groups, please contact Abby Beausir, Coordinator of the Boone County Alliance at 859-341-4264, Ext. 2158 or

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