Grandparent and Caregiver Support

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Families First is proud to be part of the statewide Kinship Navigator Program, guiding grandparent and relative caregivers to services that help their families thrive.

We provide free, voluntary, and confidential services, linking kinship caregivers to supports like food assistance, gas to get to appointments, school supplies, respite care, additional financial assistance, and much more.

Contact our Kinship Navigator, Debra, by email or at (603) 422-8209.

What do Kinship Navigators do?

Kinship Navigators offer emotional support, education and guidance, and provide information, referral and follow-up services that make kinship families strong, safe, and successful. Your Kinship Navigator will help you:

  • Understand community supports and services specific to your family’s needs
  • Ensure you have access to supports by guiding you through benefits & eligibility applications
  • Support you emotionally in times of need
  • Advocate for your family as you navigate a complex network of programs and benefits

Is this Program for You?

This program is for grandparents, aunts, uncles or other relatives, or even close family friends who are raising children that are not their own. Kinship caregiving happens when a child’s parents are unable to meet their family’s needs. Kinship care helps children maintain connection to family members, and in some cases even schools and communities, and increases child well-being until the situation at home improves. Kinship care arrangements may be formal or informal.

Contact our Kinship Navigator, Debra, by email or at (603) 422-8209.

Join Our Grandparents Connect Group

Are you a grandparent or kinship caregiver who is raising children? If so, you are not alone!  Please join us to connect with other grandparents and kinship caregivers. This group is a friendly, welcoming, informal opportunity to talk about experiences, celebrate successes, share challenges, and learn about resources. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at the Idlehurst Elementary School at 46 Stackpole Road in Somersworth. Park in front of the school and enter through the main entrance. Masks are required and social distancing rules are followed.

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We will have a delayed opening at 9:15am on Wednesday 9/14/22