“You Matter Too” is the theme of the 2016 Kansas City Area Grandfamilies Conference. This year’s event, which will focus on relative caregivers and the challenges they face, will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, October 16 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 North 291 Highway, Liberty, MO.
The free event is planned for grandparents, aunts and uncles in the Kansas City metropolitan area who are raising relatives or family members who are 18 years old or younger. The conference is also open to professionals in the community, including clergy, teachers, counselors and other school personnel, and staff from social service and community agencies.
Workshops are specifically planned to address the issues grandparents and other relative caregivers face on a daily basis. Topics for this year’s conference include Transitioning Teens to Adulthood, Trauma-Informed Care and Caring for the Caregiver.
Children’s Division staff from Clay, Platte and Jackson Counties will present a break-out session; and a panel of grandparents who have raised their grandchildren will share their insights and experiences. In addition to the workshops, community agencies will be available to provide information and resources to participants. Morning refreshments and lunch also will be offered.
The conference is being planned by University of Missouri Extension in Clay County and numerous partner agencies throughout Kansas City. These include Clay County Children’s Division, Clay County Clothes Closet, Clay County Senior Services, Google Fiber, Kansas City Missouri Health Department, Kanas City, Missouri School District, Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Liberty School District, LINC, Missouri Care, North Kansas City School District, ParentLink/University of Missouri, Park Hill School District, Platte County Health Department, Platte County Senior Fund, Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Salvation Army, Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, United Services and AARP.
For more information about the Grandfamilies Conference and to learn how to register, call the University of Missouri Extension office at 816-407-3490.