College Students Host Event for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Seattle, WA – More than 2 million children in the United States are being raised by a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or other family member. This “kinship care” can provide both benefits and struggles for the child and the relative caregiver alike.

Five senior nursing students from Seattle Pacific University have organized Kinship Caregiver Day on Wednesday, May 19, to offer recognition and support tograndparents as parents, their children, and families. “They are compassionate people who are constantly taking care of others, and this is a day for them to be taken care of,” said senior Ashley Wolfe, one of the nursing students coordinating the project. “It's a time to recognize everything they do and let them know how much they are appreciated.”

Kinship Caregiver Day 2010 will be held 6–8 p.m. on May 19, at Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Avenue South in Seattle. The event will feature dinner, raffle prizes, children’s activities, and a host of “Living Well” tables, including physical therapists, “Ask a Geriatrician,” Rainier Health and Fitness, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, Enhance Fitness, and Lifelong Recreation.

Kinship Caregiver Day is sponsored by Seattle Pacific University, King County Kinship Collaboration, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and G. a. P. (Grandparents as Parents) Support Group.

For more information, contact

Tracy Norlen, News and Media Relations Manager
University Communications
Phone: 206-281-2977 Email:
Fax: 206-281-2223 Web:
Address: 3307 Third Avenue West, Suite 116
Seattle, WA 98119-1922

Posted: Tuesday, May 18, 2010