Spring 2011 issue
Filling the Gap
Who’s On Board - Joan St. Louis
Save the Date and GAP Wish List
AB 12 Aids Foster Youth in Transition P.4
by Angie Schwartz, The Alliance for Children’s Rights
Sharing Family Strengths
C alifornia Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
signed the landmark bill AB12 (Beall &
Bass) California Fostering Connections to
after the youth’s 16th birthday and you
are continuing to support the youth and
the youth meets certain requirements
- Roger and Beverly Elder
Success Act during the final hours of the legis- related to schooling/work
lative session on September 30, 2010. From the Editor - Aging Out Begins at Birth
The biparti- In addition to the changes to Kin-GAP, Thanks Donors and Sponsors
AB 12 also extends
san bill eases the Youth who receive support after age 18 are 200 percent P.6
support to foster
transition of youth
more likely to stay in school, 300 percent more likely to go youth until 21. The How States Can Help Older Youth
to college, and 65 percent less likely to be arrested than extension of fos-
aging out of foster those who do not. ter care benefits Break the Cycle
care by extending
foster care ben- beyond age 18 will Staff Directory
be phased-in over
efits for eligible youth up to age 21. In addition,
three years beginning in 2012. P.7
AB 12 makes changes to the state’s Kin-GAP
program, creating new opportunity for relative
Brad Shechtman-Man of the Year
Once fully implemented, AB 12 will make a Temple Beth Hillel
caregivers and the youth in their care.
tremendous difference in the lives of foster chil-
Most of the attention paid to AB 12 has dren. Youth who receive support after age 18 Thanks Partners and Volunteers
been focused on the extension of foster care are 200 percent more likely to stay in school, P.8
until the age of 21. However, AB 12 also 300 percent more likely to go to college, and
makes important changes to the state’s Kinship 65 percent less likely to be arrested than those Group Meeting Info
Guardianship Assistance Payment (Kin-GAP) who do not. This additional assistance—still
program. Beginning January 1, 2011, relative far less than most of us had—can be the dif-
caregivers participating in Kin-GAP can now: ference between self-sufficiency and a life sen-
tence of crime, homelessness, or worse.
• ask for a change in the current payment
amount to cover the costs of taking care The GAP office is located at
of the child up to the amount the child AB 12 being signed into law was a major 22048 Sherman Way, Suite 217
would have received in foster care victory for foster youth, children’s advocates, Canoga Park, CA 91303
and caregivers. Over the coming year, The Madelyn Gordon, Executive Director
• ask to have the payment amount Alliance for Children’s Rights, in collaboration (818) 264-0880
changed at any point during the 2-year with critical stakeholders, will be working tire-
contract period if there is a valid reason (310) 839-2548
lessly to implement the numerous provisions
(child’s needs or your situation changes) (562) 421-7991
of AB 12 in order to ensure the best outcomes
for these youth. If you would like more infor- FAX - (818) 264-0882
• move to another state and continue to
mation about implementation or would like email@example.com
to be involved in these efforts, contact Angie
• continue receiving Kin-GAP for the child Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Editorial department
until he or she turns 21 if he or she has a We welcome your feedback. If you
mental or physical disability. would like to submit a story or
• beginning January 2012, continue to If you have questions about the new Kin-GAP letter to the editor, please
receive Kin-GAP for a youth after the age program or need access assistance, contact use one of the following methods:
of 18 provided that the payments started Angie Schwartz at The Alliance for Children’s email@example.com
Rights at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit hard-copy to:
MARK YOUR CALENDARS GAP - Attn: Newsletter Editor
Empowering Caregivers Conference 22048 Sherman Way, Suite 217
Saturday, May 7, 2011, Cal State Northridge Canoga Park, CA 91303
Grandparents As Parents provides programs and services to meet the urgent and Designer – Deirdre R. Pease
ongoing needs of grandparents and other relative caregivers raising at-risk children. DeeZine Studios, deezine-studio.com
Message from Chairman Bill Fox - It Takes Time
T here you are, a winemaker,
picking the grapes, watching
them being crushed, monitoring the
then can we can see the results of
Twenty-eight years ago,
fermentation process, putting the Sylvie de Toledo helped her parents
liquid in proper oak casks, waiting take on the responsibility of raising
years to see how your wine turns her nephew, due to her sister’s
out. Is it as you hoped? death. In her outpatient practice,
Some wines age for years she began to recognize a pattern
and, at times, the result is not up to of young children being raised by
our expectations. More often than grandparents.
not, though, the wine is delicious The seed of GAP was
and the wait was worth it. sown then and has grown to be the
Many things take time to organization we have today.
mature, to bring to full growth. Only
Who’s On Board? Joan St. Louis
I found out about GAP from one of the social workers at Kaiser Permanente who heard we
had taken over raising my 15 month old granddaughter. I didn’t call at first, even though
I should have. But after my work and family life became overwhelming, I did. I talked to
[founder and facilitator] Sylvie de Toledo and she invited me to my first support group meet-
ing. I was hooked. My husband and I could finally talk to people who were going through
what we were.
I have been involved in GAP’s governance for more than 10 years. Several of us–
Madelyn and Larry Gordon, Sylvie, Andrea Freidenthal, Barbara Wasson and I–realized that
if we didn’t organize and develop a board, GAP wouldn’t grow. There were no regular fund-
ing sources, grants or officers of the board.
I recently retired from a 21-year career as an administrator for Kaiser Permanente. I
Joan & Craig St. Louis would hope my financial management experience, interpersonal skills and public relations
efforts have been an asset to the board. I’m one board member that is raising a grandchild
and can reflect my personal feelings and experiences.
Ilove traveling and exploring new places, going to the theater and to concerts. My passions are family, friends, pets,
nursing/healthcare issues, GAP and OneGeneration.
I am overwhelmed when I realize how much the organization has grown. We used to dream about having the
number of facilitators and support group meetings across Los Angeles County we now have. We have a Caregiver
Center at the Edelman Children’s Court, staffed by two experienced GAP employees to help families and have been
able to partner with Dept. of Children and Family Services, the Court and other county agencies on some difficult
I hope that GAP will continue to receive grants and be recognized by the community so the organization can con-
tinue to reach areas that are underserved. I hope we can expand our staff and keep them fully informed. I hope that
we can find influential board members/celebrity sponsors for our fundraising activities and organizational recognition.
I hope that schools, churches, synagogues and doctors’ offices know about GAP so they can spread the word about
It’s been a privilege to be on the board. I work with caring people who have great passion for the organization
GAP Board Members and Advisory Board
William Fox, Chairperson Jennifer Ortado Leroy D. Baca, L.A. County Sheriff
Joan St. Louis, Secretary Ray Cruz Councilman Mitchell Englander
Willa Meller, Treasurer Stuart Waldman Catherine Goodman, DSW
Andrea Freidenthal Suzanne Tracy Dr. Jeff Hananel
Barbara Wasson Sylvie de Toledo, Founder Councilman Paul Krekorian
Gina Taylor-Pickens Victor Sampson Joseph MacKenzie, Esq
Assemblymember Cameron Smyth
GAP News GRANT UPDATE
GAP is the grateful recipient of funding from
Ronald McDonald House Charities of more than
NOTE: Call the GAP office at (818) 264-0880 for $12,000 and Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs
information about calendar events, fundraisers,
i Foundation for $1,000.
donations, scheduling and group activities. You
can also visit www.grandparentsasparents.org for a The Ronald McDonald House grant will be used
complete list of support groups , support information to create the Children’s Recovery Library, whose
and volunteer opportunities. books will be housed at the Edelman Court Caregiver
Center and another site. The library will gift books to
HOLIDAY PARTY THANKS those children who want to keep them, but the return
It takes a village of people, generous with their of books will be encouraged so everyone can enjoy
time and resources, to put on a gala event like the the selection.
2010 GAP Holiday party. We’d like to thank all the
volunteers for their tireless efforts. OFFICE GETS A TECH-LIFT
We appreciate the help with gifts, snacks, and GAP is beginning an upgrade of its office
financial support that Hornburg/Pendragon, Steve computers, phone system and database thanks to
Zipp and Gene Palento of Hi-Tech Component the generous grant from The Ahmanson Foundation
Distributors, Vic Sampson of Coldwell Banker, The and the John Gogian Foundation. The modernization
California Wellness Foundation, Carol Bohn and will enable GAP to serve more people and to collect
Suzanne Tracy contributed. and share information with facilitators more efficiently.
Executive Director Madelyn Gordon says, “It will be a
Official GAP photo guy Joe Hanrahan was on huge learning curve to make all the changes!”
hand to capture many wonderful family images and
Santa shots. CAREGIVER TRAINING
In preparation for the festivities, the Junior CAREGIVERS – GAP has begun a series of
League (in collaboration with GAP) sponsored gift- training sessions that will be given throughout Los
making activities for our children, so they’d have Angeles County on issues relating to your needs as
presents to give to their relatives. you navigate the waters of parenting again. While
It’s nice to see that kids still love to read. The many of the issues may be unique to ‘relative’
869 books that Debbie and Norm Greenfield and caregivers – most are issues facing any caregiver.
Anthony Jefferson of ABC Learn provided were taken The Children’s Law Center, Alliance for
in a flash. Children’s Rights, Child Welfare Initiative, and GAP
collaborated in creating a curriculum that will answer
SPECIAL TRIPS most if not all of your questions in terms of what you
Families recently attended the Clippers vs. Utah need to know as a caregiver.
Jazz basketball game at the Staples Center. Thank You’ll learn how to find information, courtroom
you to donors, Mr. and Mrs. Donald T. Sterling and procedures, educational rights and finding health
Diana Miller, our contact. resources. You’ll discuss probate guardianship,
Thanks to NoHo’s ZJU Theater on Lankershim locating financial resources and much more.
Blvd. for providing our families the opportunity to Classes will be held at each of our sixteen
see The Beautiful World at ZJU’s Limecat Family locations. Call the office to receive a schedule.
Theatre. Through dancing, singing and imaginative These classes are open to any caregiver and there is
staging, the production’s goal was to help children no charge for attending.
build positive self-esteem and develop environmental
Families enjoyed a production of The Ugly
Duckling at the Storybook Theater and were excited
to attend the 2011 Al Malaikah Shrine Circus.
GAP Wish List
Office supplies and equipment
Save the Date... Label maker
Document organization file boxes for families
Saturday, May 7 - Caregiver Conference Infant/children’s furniture
California State University, Northridge Volunteers:
Sunday, Sept. 11 - Annual Brunch Fundraiser Conference
Sunday, Dec. 11 - GAP Holiday Party Social Networking
Weekly - Chapter classes and training If you have something in good condition that may be
useful to one of the GAP families, please call the office
to arrange for pick-up and drop-off.
Sharing Family Strengths
Meet Roger and Beverly Elder
In July, 2001, the Elders were BEVERLY Roger and I were still the time he came to us. He’s quiet
assigned temporary guardianship acting as his safety net. It was and angry. We all know that we no
of their then 8-year-old grandson, more difficult because he lived an longer have the authority to compel
Scott, by L. A. County Department hour away from us. We felt our only him to ‘behave’ like we did when he
of Children’s Services. He was choice was to do what we could was little.
removed from a drug-influenced for him, even if it meant enabling
neglectful, poverty-stricken home our daughter’s counterproductive GAP What are your fears about this
life. He stayed with them for two behavior. We’d invite him down new situation?
years, after which he was returned for the weekend often. We’d make
to his newly sober mother. sure he had underwear and socks, BEVERLY I dread another
shoes and a winter jacket. I’d drive harrowing trip down the substance-
The grandparents continued to there with bags of groceries if he abuse highway with a loved one.
run interference for their grandson mentioned that there was no food in But I believe that what we’ve
as his mother’s life returned to what the house. taught him through the years will
it had been in the past, peopled have a positive effect on his future,
with substance abusers and petty ROGER I took him to get haircuts, although we’ll need to help him
criminals. When she left for Ohio six and to see movies with me. He rediscover the critical key–hope.
months ago, Scott’s mother hoped wasn’t getting any of that at home.
to leave all the chaos behind. Scott ROGER I’m afraid he won’t want
was 18 and chose not to accompany GAP How did Scott come to be with to follow our lead. Because he’s a
her. He moved in with an aunt and you again? man, all we can do is support him
things seemed to be going well. in finding the right direction. He still
BEVERLY The reason he’s has to follow the rules of the house.
with us now is that he recently I just hope we don’t have to ask him
overdosed and ended up in the to leave because of bad behavior.
hospital. His aunt could no longer
take responsibility for him. We felt GAP What are your hopes for him
compelled to open our home to him. this time around?
ROGER I don’t understand why he BEVERLY I want him to be able
did it. The frustrating part is that to break the drug abuse cycle that
he’s not telling us why. began with his mother. I hope we
can help him make better choices.
GAP Did you know he was abusing
Troubled teens often turn to alcohol and drugs to
substances? ROGER I hope he’s able to move
mask the pain of emotional problems. on with his life in a positive way
BEVERLY No. He admitted he had and that we’re able to give him the
GAP How did reunification work out been binge-drinking and smoking support to do so. I hope he can
for your grandson? marijuana with his buddies for accept it and run with it. It’s too
the past couple years. When I early to tell if this arrangement is
BEVERLY The County put our
confronted his mother, she said she good, but it’s good knowing he’s
daughter on the Section 8 housing
warned him about it, but he didn’t safe.
fast-track; it took a year for her to
stop. I’m angry that we, once again,
get out of the bad living situation GAP What advice do you have for
must hide our few bottles of wine
she was in with Scott. She agreed others?
and lock up our piggy bank.
to attend 12-step meetings,
parenting classes and the like. I ROGER I didn’t know anything BEVERLY This time around, we
think she knew it’s what the case about it until this happened. On know how to ask for help, thanks
worker wanted to hear. She stayed some level, I was surprised and to our involvement with GAP. Our
clean just long enough to get the also wasn’t. I know that, because job, as I see it, is to help HIM learn
benefits. Their life was a little better of both his parents’ addictions, the how to do the same. I believe in
simply because they were receiving possibility was always there. him and I believe in Roger’s and my
assistance. But soon, our daughter combined strength and knowledge
was using again and ‘helping’ her GAP How is living with him this time to provide him with the love and
friends. She’d give the world to her different? guidance he needs right now.
friends while depriving her son of the
basics. BEVERLY I still want him to have ROGER Be flexible. Remember
the little-boy innocence he had to take care of yourself, too. If the
GAP Were you able to be involved when he was here before, even young man or woman is willing to
in his life? though he had seen too much by work with you, there’s always hope.
Aging Out Begins at Birth
by Kathy Arellano
D id you ever think about all it took for you to make
it to adulthood? You learned to think and reason;
you created for yourself a moral compass. You
learned how to dress and feed yourself appropriately
and how to be responsible with money. You learned
how to stand up for yourself and share with others.
No doubt, you came into your maturity after
receiving many years’ worth of input, training,
encouragement and observation from the people
around you–adults who had already earned the title
and cared enough about you to help you earn yours. provided to children from intact families,” according
It’s a long journey but most of us were able to leave to an online press statement from the John Burton
our youthful mistakes behind us and lead productive, Foundation for Children Without Homes, a non-profit
satisfying lives. organization based in San Francisco.
N ormally, parents are a safety net for their children,
guiding and supporting them on their journey
toward maturity from the day they’re born. Sadly, kids
S imply put, the bill will convert California’s kinship
guardian assistance program (Kin-GAP) into a
federally subsidized program; it will extend foster care
that are in alternative living arrangements, such as for eligible youth to age 21;it will provide extended
group- or foster homes find themselves ‘aged out’ of benefits until age 21 for youth with mental or physical
the system and its financial support when they turn handicaps AND for youth placed by the juvenile court
18. They become emancipated, but without the usual with an approved guardian.
assurances that family provides. It’s a struggle for
these young folks to graduate from high school. Fewer This fixes part of the problem, but the concern is
attend college. Many end up homeless and penniless how to ensure that the necessary lessons are being
within months of leaving their foster residences. given from Day One. The preparation for adulthood
Those important lessons leading to adulthood haven’t does not begin at any one age. It is part of an ongoing
been taught. process beginning at the moment of birth.
With the recent passage of Assembly Bill 12–
California Fostering Connections to Success Act– For more information about AB 12 visit:
those young adults will get some extra help beginning, www.cafosteringconnections.org
hopefully in January 2012.
“One in five youth who age out nationally will
receive the support of the foster care system to age Kathy Arellano, editor of “Filling the Gap” since 2002, is a freelance
writer who reports on local news, creates copy for Internet sites
21, ending an era of neglect and providing youth in and has several books in the works. She welcomes comments and
foster care with the same common-sense assistance suggestions and can be reached at email@example.com.
Thanks to our donors and our sponsors
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Casey Family Services S. Mark Taper Foundation Doubletree Hotels National Alliance of Mental Illness
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City Controller Wendy Greuel
How States Can Help Older Youth
Executive Director This article, reproduced in its entirety, appeared in cial if States provide youth with lessons
the March 2011 Children’s Bureau Express Online in money management.
Madelyn Gordon Digest – Vol. 12, No. 2
•Housing: Partnerships between
Clinical Director State and local housing authorities and
Sylvie de Toledo
The National report,Best Practices has
(NGA) Center for
released a new The Transition
community organizations can create
affordable housing programs for youth in
addition to providing support they need
Sarah Doakes to Adulthood: How States Can Support to live independently.
Older Youth in Foster Care, which pro-
Navigators vides effective strategies States can use •Health Care: To help improve the
Angelica Leyva to support older foster youth as they health outcomes of transitioning youth,
Wanda Cooper transition to adulthood. States can extend the eligibility of
Medicaid beyond age 18 and develop a
Highlighted in the report are
Caregiver Center Staff system to help youth track their medical
approaches that have shown success in histories.
Dee Meichelbock •Relationships: Helping youth create
•Education: States can minimize stable relationships with caring adults,
Facilitators a youth’s school changes, work with establishing legal guardianships, and
Mirza Arroyo administrators to track academic connecting youth to family members
J. Thomas Bellows records, and connect students with men- when possible are ways States can help
Joyce Fox tors and other on-campus support for youth explore permanency options.
Cheral Hyman postsecondary education.
Ewanda Jackson •Employment: Youth can be con-
Marisela Magana nected with career training by States To access the full report, visit:
Pam Meeker-Stolz forming partnerships with employers that www.nga.org/Files/pdf/
Giselle Raines-Brown may offer opportunities. It is also benefi- 1012FOSTERCARE.PDF (2.47 MB)
Break the Cycle by Kathy Arellano, a GAP grandparent
Newsletter Editor or could it have been a combination of
Kathy Arellano A generation of U.S. teens became substances and practices that were part
junkies in the 1980s. Our children were of the mother’s lifestyle that, together,
Office Staff among those users. harmed the baby?
Teresa Arreola Added to the standard list of illegal We may never know.
substances, crack (a potent cocaine What the authors don’t mention in
derivative) became THE high of choice their book is the devastating legacy left
Staff members can be reached by call- in the 1980s, causing drug abuse to to an aging population of (mostly) grand-
ing one of the following numbers: become the ‘social problem of the parents. Millions have stepped up to
decade’, according to *The American raise those drug babies, providing them
(310) 839-2548 Drug Panic of the 1980s, written by with a new toolbox of skills.
(562) 421-7991 respected sociologists Erich Goode & Standing strong, between child and
(818) 264-0880 Nachman Ben-Yehuda. grandchild, these elders can see into the
The authors provide detailed sta- past and glimpse the future. They know,
tistics drawn from recognized sources firsthand, about the far-reaching conse-
about high school students’ knowledge quences of substance abuse.
and use of various illegal substances; They want none of it.
Important Phone Numbers about the political and media feeding It is not the grandchild’s destiny to
frenzy that was created; about the stat- abuse substances. With a lot of hard
24-hour Crisis Center/InfoLine - Dial 211 ed impact on communities and celebri- work and dedication, these 60- and 70-
AARP Grandparent Info Center (888) 687-2277 ties. something people can break the cycle of
Goode and Ben-Yehuda provide drug abuse for their grandchildren and
Alliance for Children’s Rights (213)368-6010 commentary and statistics from both their great-grandchildren.
Bet Tzedek (213) 384-3243 sides of the “crack baby syndrome” dis- *To read the complete excerpt, visit
cussions. Was it the crack cocaine that http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/lsd/panic.
California Dept. on Aging (800) 510-2020 caused that infant to suffer damage, htm
Legal Aid Foundation (213) 640-3883
Public Council (800) 870-8090 Got Questions?
Los Angeles Caregivers (800) 540-4442
(310) 839-2548 (562) 421-7991 or (818) 264-0880
L..A. Dept. of Rec. and Parks (888) 527-2757 G A P ’s p h o n e n u m b e r s w i l l g e t y o u a n s w e r s !
Brad Shechtman – Man of the Year Thank You Partner Agencies...
By Kathy Arellano, editor on the Spring Kick-off picnics–providing
hot dogs, hamburgers, games and equip-
ment. He also furnishes food for GAP’s Alliance for Children’s Rights
Brad and Deborah Shechtman have Aspiranet
been an active part of the Grandparents annual holiday party.
As Parents family for more than five “For many years he did it gratis” said California State University, Long Beach
years. In addition to owning and operat- Gordon. “Now that we can afford to pay California State University, Northridge
ing D&B Party Rentals, the 30-some- him, we do.” Casey Family Programs
things adopted and are raising their Congratulations, Brad! It’s an award Cerritos College
niece, shouldering the responsibility and well-deserved.
giving his father a break. Child Welfare Initiative
Earlier this month, Brad received the Child Welfare League of America
Temple Beth Hillel Brotherhood Man of Children’s Law Center
the Year Award. Citrus College
Brad oversees GAP’s storage unit, College of the Canyons
provides pick-up and delivery service Dept.of Children and Family Services
on the stored items, he’s active on the
Events committee and provides child- Edmund C. Edelman Children’s Court
care for support-group meeting on Family Care Partnership
Monday evenings. Family Services
“Brad’s an over-all volunteer,” Friends of the Family
said GAP Executive Director Madelyn Grace Baptist Church
Gordon. “He’ll do whatever is asked of
him, especially things that require physi-
Photo courtesy of Ariella Hananel Grace Resource Center
cal labor.” Rabbi Sarah Hronsky (left) and Rabbi Joshua Jewish Family Services
He has been instrumental in putting Samuels (right) present Brad Schechtman with Kenyon JJC ThinkTank
Man of the Year award. Legal Aid Foundation
Long Beach Non Profit Partnership
Los Angeles City Dept. of Aging
Temple Beth Hillel Los Angeles County Dept. of Aging
GAP would like to express our heart- Provide ready-to-eat Thanksgiving dinners Los Angeles Mission College
felt gratitude to the wonderful people at annually Los Angeles Pierce College
Temple Beth Hillel. Here are some of the Provide rabbinical counseling and guid- New Directions
things they’ve helped us with: ance for our Jewish families Pacoima Community Center
Adopted the Jewish GAP families interest- Provide tutoring for our children participat- Pasadena City College
ed in giving their children a Jewish educa- ing in the Jewish education process
tion; created a sliding scale to accommo-
date the families’ financial needs To say they have been wonderful to Salvation Army of Long Beach
our families is an understatement. Words San Fernando Valley Mental Health Ctr.
Donated food for needy GAP families of thanks seem to fall short. Temple Beth
Provided funerals for two of our Jewish Hillel’s continued and varied support has Trinity Center
grandparents at no cost to the families made a real difference to our families. YWCA
Thank You Volunteers - With your help GAP is getting the job done!
Thanks to Alan Popiel, Anat Louise, Andre de Thanks to Jennifer McKinney, Joan St. Louis, Thanks to Naomi Campos, Natalie Espiritu, Pam
Toledo, Andrea Freidenthal, Andrew Arreola, Joe Hanrahan, Jose Rodriguez, Joseph Meeker, Pat Staley, Paul Blutter, Paul McKinney,
Andrew Bridge, Angela Pennacchio, Angelica MacKenzie, Joyce Fox, Julia Bracamonte, Julie Peggy Small, Peter Getoff, Peter Morales, Ray
Leyva, Anita Boschman, Anson Sims, Bill Fox, Gould, Karen Bagnard, Kathy Arellano, Katie Cruz, Rebecca Cohen, Reid Stolz, Rob Mansour,
Brad Shechtman, Bria Verdugo-Uy, Carol Bohn, Mortimer, Katie Robinson, Kristina Repreza, Rosalie Hilger, Ruth Beaglehole, Sandy Bursch,
Carol Surtees, Carolyn La Brunda, Catherine Lara Holtzman, Larry Merz, LaSanya Gibbs, Lea Sandy Cournoyer, Sarah Doakes, Sasha Stern,
Goodman, Char Bland, Cherissa Boyd, Colleen Crosetti, Leo Clark, Liana Suwandi, Libby Wales, Sharon Balmer, Sharon Jarkoff, Sona Rosenberg,
Friend, David Jarkoff, Deborah Shechtman, Lilian Payan, Linda Sims, Loreli Embry, Lori Stuart Waldman, Sue Stutz, Susan Love, Suzanne
Dolores De Nardis, Ellen Smith , Etienne Thach, Switanoski, Lovette Panthier, Lourdes Aguilar, Tracy, Sylvie de Toledo, Tanya Bogdanovski,
Genoveva Galvez, Gianna Provenzano, Gilbert Lupe Barrios, Lyn Laboriel, Marilyn Blutter, Teresa Arreola, Tom Bellows, Tom Pruitt, Tyrone
Bautista, Gina Taylor-Pickens, Gloria Pollack, Marcie Magana, Marilyn Popiel, Marjorie Shelvy, Cain, Vanessa Henderson, Vic Sampson, Warren
Georgia Durante, Gus Bracamonte, Harriet Mark Cournoyer, Mark Rosenberg, Martha Cohen, Warren Riley, Willa Meller and Zoe Pruitt.
Minke, Heather Lang, Helen Cohen, James Alimino, Marissa Sanders, Michelle Bartlett, Mort
Thanks for all you do. Sorry if we missed anyone!
Pickens, Jan Lyons and Jeff Hananel. Schectman and Nadine Dotto.
Grandparents as Parents Spring 2011
Call (310) 839-2548 (562) 421-7991 or (818) 264-0880 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Tuesday Groups (cont’d) Wednesday Groups (cont’d)
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Parent Center YWCA
401 So. Inglewood Ave. 851 N. Oakland Ave.
Long Beach Santa Fe Springs
Monday Groups 9:30-11:30 a.m. 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Santa Clarita Salvation Army Building Kinship Resource Center
9:30-11:30 a.m. 455 East Spring St. 9834 Norwalk Blvd.
Kaiser Permanente Hospital
Pacoima (RAPP-in Spanish) Woodland Hills
27107 Tourney Rd. – Conf. Rm. 1
10-Noon 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Maclay Middle School Kaiser Permanente Hospital
South Los Angeles
12513 Gain St. 5601 De Soto Ave.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club Panorama City
1339 E. 120th St. 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Van Nuys Kaiser Permanente Hospital Carson
13652 Cantara St. 10-Noon
The Help Group Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson
15339 Saticoy St.
Wednesday Groups 21502 Main St.
Culver City NEW Palmdale/Lancaster (ROCK)
Tuesday Groups Relatives with Teens Group 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Chatsworth NEW 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Palmdale Neighborhood House
Relatives with Teens Group SHARE! GAP 503 East Avenue Q-3
7-9 p.m. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 6666 Green Valley Circle
20121 Devonshire St. Pomona
Long Beach (in Spanish)
Morning and Evening 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Hollywood (in Spanish) New Directions Community Church
6-8 p.m. Please call for times
1043 Pine St. 1100 E. Holt Ave.
4011 Clinton St.