Did you know there are over 13,900 Rhode Island grandparents raising grandchildren?
Grands Flourish, Inc. is Rhode’s Island’s only non-profit organization that focuses on providing support, services and resources to grandparents raising grandchildren impacted by substance use disorder and other traumas. The mission of Grands Flourish is to empower, engage and inspire grandparents to be successful in their new role as primary caregivers.
This is a free, all-day family event:
Rhode Island’s 2019 Annual Grand Connections Conference
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Impacted by the Opioid Epidemic
November 17 | 10 am – 4 pm
Wyndham Providence Airport Hotel, 1850 Post Road Warwick
Magdalena Andreozzi, CHWC, CPT, founder of Grands Flourish, will be introducing a day of national leaders, keynote speakers, experts, discussion groups and interactive activities at this all-day Grandparents Raising Grandchildren conference.
Education and Speakers: Tom Coderre, Senior Advisor at the Office of the Governor Gina Raimondo, and a national leader in the field of addiction and recovery, will be Master of Ceremonies. He is a former Rhode Island Democratic state senator and former Obama chief of staff to the Assistant Secretary for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA).
Keynote Speaker, Ryan Erickson, Policy Advisor to the Governor of Rhode Island, will share his insights into the fallout from the opioid epidemic. Lori Dorsey, LCSW, LCDCS, addiction specialist and grandmother, will speak of her journey of hope and recovery. Linda Hurley, MA, CAGS, LCDCS, President/CEO of CODAC Behavioral Health, will present Substance Use 101 and the Brain. Cody Manthei, MPA, CPSW, grandmother of four, will discuss caregiver fatigue. Erin T. Albanese, LCSW, LCDP, CGS from Family Service of Rhode Island, will be examining Adverse Childhood Experiences, also known as ACEs, and cover tools for trauma-informed caregiving. Kristin Young, LISCW, Director of Treatment Navigation for The Herren Project, will showcase an interactive vignette called, Setting Boundaries.
Hidden in Plain Site, a scavenger hunt designed to inform and empower grandparents and caregivers about the prevailing drug culture, will transport the audience to a typical teenager’s room.
Three turbo-charged, round-robin learning sessions will be offered on the topics of Internet Safety, Healing a Child’s Heart After Loss, and Child Support Options for Grandparents.
The YMCA and Leapfrog Children’s Academy will be entertaining children in attendance with arts, crafts and fun activities. Be the Change/Project Hand Up will be providing healthy brown bag lunches during child-watch.
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