Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Brevard County, FL A NEWSLETTER FOR GRANDPARENTS AND OTHER RELATIVES IN A PARENTING ROLE.
WELCOME to the new edition of our newsletter! I hope that you find it to be informative, educational and entertaining. Mary Ann Sterling, Executive Director
Support Group Meetings for January 2013 REMINDER: NO SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS IN DECEMBER2012 Tuesday, January 8th – Titusville Support Group Meeting 805 Century Medical Dr, Building B, Titusville. This group is partnered with Parrish Senior Solutions. 10:00 – 11:30 am Thursday, January 10th – Club Esteem Support Group Meeting 10:00 – 11:30 am. Libscomb Street Community Center (see notice below) Tuesday, January 15th – Central Brevard Support Group GRG of Brevard Office, 123 Barton Blvd., Rockledge 09:30 – 11:00 am Thursday, January 31st – Beach Side Support Group. Memaw’s Restaurant, Indian Harbour Beach, 9:30 – 11:30 am (Breakfast is available at member's expense) South Brevard Support Group Meeting This support group is suspended at this time until further interest. Please contact the office if you are interested in restarting the Palm Bay evening meeting call 321-631-7776 The Club Esteem Meeting has moved back to Lipscomb Street Recreation Center. Hooray, the city finally finished the repairs from the fire damage. We will be back in our old comfortable home this month.
DON’T KNOW WHERE TO GO? CALL THE WARM-LINE! 321.631.7776 Get answers to questions on custody, guardianship, adoption issues, public benefits, legal services, support with groups and other community services. When you call, be prepared to leave a message and contact number.
E-NEWSLETTER Help us Go Green and be environmentally responsible. The newsletter can be delivered to you each month via email. This new capability could enable GRG to save up to $4,000 each year in paper and printing costs. If you would like to receive your newsletter via Email, send your name, current mailing address and the email address where you would like to receive the newsletter to email@example.com
GRG OF BREVARD
123 Barton Blvd. Rockledge, FL 32955 321.631.7776 office • 321.848.8006 cell www.grg-brevard.org
WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO GRG OF BREVARD!
GRG OF BREVARD ANNUAL CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION Our Christmas Party will be held on December 15 th at the Viera Recreational Park from 4-7 pm (please note time change). Please bring a side dish to share, Turkey and Ham will be provided. A small gift for your grandchildren should be prewrapped for Santa. If you cannot afford one please contact the office at least one week prior to the event. Entertainment will be provided for the grandchildren by Don of A Sporting Chance Directions to the park: take Wickham Road to the tree circle, turn right go past the Mall (The Avenue) second light after circle turn right and immediately back to the left.
And A Special Thanks To: Memaw’s Restaurants, Parrish Senior Center and Club Esteem who provide meeting space for our monthly support meetings. Our community partners who work by side with us to create a better world for children and families. Thanks too to our faithful volunteers and donors across the county.
PLAN TO ATTEND Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Brevard offers support groups for grandparents and other relatives raising their relative children. At these meetings you will find yourself surrounded by people that are going through some of the same things: grieving for the life that was set aside, conflict about the decision to raise the little people in their lives, conflict among family and friends about the “choice” to raise that child, financial concerns, and just being plain tired. As the members speak, frustration, concerns, and gratefulness is filtered through their voices. In the voices of the grandparents you can also hear the love that exists for their children and their grandchildren. At a meeting you may find something that you didn’t know you were looking for. You may find a family; to support you, to understand you, to hear you and hope. Hope; that what you are doing IS making a difference; hope that is difficult to describe. You may even find a laugh or two. Many of our members have been coming for years and others are just beginning. Regardless of what you are looking for or what brings you here, you can find a special knowledge that comes from shared experience, a refuge from the day to day struggles and a place to gather strength to reenter the world. For more information contact GRG of Brevard at 321-631-7776, please consider joining us. PAGE 2
NOVEMBER WAS NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH!
T.A.R.G.E.T. TRAINING IS COMING
Last year’s TARGET training conference was a great success; with over 60 caregiver’s in attendance. For those new to GRG of Brevard TARGET is a six-week training course that covers the latest information from community and state experts on topics ranging from financial stability and legal assistance to parenting autistic children. Who can attend? Relative caregivers, community organizations and child advocates.
IRS TAX CREDIT /REFUND FOR ADOPTION The IRS allows up to $13,170 credit for each child. To apply for this credit, you will need to complete IRS Form 8839 and attach to your tax form 1040 or 1040NR. You will also need to attach the following to Form 8839 to support your claim: (1) Adoption certificate (issued by court) (2) Attorney/court fees (This was all on the invoice from the lawyer). (3) Copy of birth certificate. The cost of the Birth Certificate was $20.00. To claim this $20.00 credit, attach a copy of the cashed check. For more detailed information, go to www.irs.gov and find instructions for completing IRS Form 8839.
November 5, 2012 was a special day in my life it was the day I got adopted. Walking in to the courthouse I really didn't know what to expect; or what kind of questions I was going to be asked. But I knew in the bottom of my heart that I was going to get adopted. It wasn't like my whole life was going to change; I have lived with my grandparents for over 13 years, for me my whole life and I was always their little girl this was just finally time to make it official since there was nothing else standing in the way. So when the judge finally asked me if this adoption was what I really wanted and with the biggest smile my face could possible hold I said "YES". I was so happy to have Mrs. Mary Ann Sterling there and even more so that she recommended us our lawyer Mrs. Scarlet who got my adoption granted on the first try. I have always had a place in my heart for my grandparents, a very special one at that but now that have the rightful place as my parents the ones who have been there from the get-go. ~Yasmena, age 15
HOLIDAY GIFT ASSISTANCE In order to receive toys you must bring with you the following: Proof of Identity: Driver’s License or Florida ID Card Proof of Children: Birth Certificate and SSN Card Proof of Residence: Your name and Brevard address on a bill or regular mail in some cases Proof of Need: At least one of the following: Medicaid, Medicare, WIC, SSI Disability, State Welfare, Staywell Health Card, Unemployment proof, Section 8 Housing, reduced or fee lunches voucher. For holiday assistance please call 631-7776 as soon as possible.
INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING WITH GRG OF BREVARD? CONTACT MARY ANN STERLING AT 321-631-7776 OR EMAIL: GRG.BREVARD@GMAIL.COM
To the grandparents and other relatives raising children in Brevard County… Thank you for loving the children you raise and inspiring so many of us to work with you toward their happy and successful futures. Happy New Year! PAGE 3
HELP THE GRANDPARENTS AND CHILDREN OF GRG OF BREVARD BECOME A MEMBER AND/OR FRIEND Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Brevard County FL, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. All gifts are deductible on corporate, foundation and individual tax returns to the extent provided by state and federal laws. Members of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Brevard County, FL, Inc. receive our newsletter and invitations to events where they can meet others in similar situations Name
I am raising children who are not my own I am their: [ ] Grandparent
[ ] Aunt / Uncle
[ ] Sister / Brother City/State:
[ ] Other (please specify)
[ ] I am not in this situation but I want to join GRG of Brevard because I am interested in what you do.
Phone: Email: [ ] Annual Membership $20
[ ] Annual Corporate Membership $500
I want to be a friend of the GRG of Brevard and enclose an additional donation of: [ ] $25 [ ] $50 [ ] $75 [ ] $100 Other: $
Please make your check payable to: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Brevard
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Brevard County, FL, Inc. 123 Barton Blvd. Rockledge, FL 32955