Grandfamilies Getaway

Grandfamilies Getaway – Supporting Kinship Placements

When parents are absent or unable to raise their children, grandparents are often the ones who step in. Raising a second generation brings many rewards, including the fulfillment of giving grandchildren a sense of security, developing a deeper relationship, and keeping the family together. It also comes with many challenges. No matter how much grandparents love their grandchildren, taking them into their home requires major adjustments. With the right guidelines and resources, grandparents can roll back the years and make a real difference in the lives of the children entrusted in their care.

A SERVICE FILLED WEEKEND at OUR BEAUTIFUL LODGE FACILITY includes:

  • Legal Advice (both group60MIN and individual90MIN) addressing guardianship, wills and trusts provided by Deters Law Firm
  • Financial Planning (both group60MIN and individual90MIN) provided by Wells-Fargo CFCP
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability as well as other Insurance Plan Reviews (individual60MIN) by MB Longland
  • Medical Screening (nurse and doctor) (individual60MIN) for overall health and as needed by Christ Hospital Physicians Group
  • Psychological Consultation (group120MIN) with doctoral level psychologist by Select Psychological Services
  • Overview of Children’s Legal Issues (group90MIN) provided by the Children’s Law Center
  • Family Building activities by New Day Ranch and Select Psychological Services
  • Massage provided by Amy’s Touch
  • Cookies provided by Lucy Belle Bakery
  • Family Photographs provided by H. the Bean Photography
Friday Itinerary

2:00 pm       “Grandparents only” check into a bed-and-breakfast atmosphere. In the first floor common area, a movie (On Golden Pond) is playing depicting a loving grandparent relationship. Upon arrival, grandparents are greeted and given information about their weekend.  A beautiful spread of refreshments entices them into the dining room.  Their luggage is carried as they are escorted to a beautiful bedroom with an adjoining, private bathroom.   On the nightstand is a basket of available resources as well as tickets for a complimentary, in-room massage.

3:00 pm       Orientation is provided in the common area by Keynote Consulting, Inc.  A tone of relaxation and comfort as well as motivation is set as the agenda is reviewed and grandparents are introduced to the home, barns and equestrian setting.  All outstanding paperwork is collected and verified.  Grandparents are registered for private sessions with consultants.

4:00 pm       Group presentation about legal dimensions of will, trust and guardianship parameters are provided.   Participants are provided a list of questions to consider over the evening and to discuss prior to their private legal consultations.   A short break follows.

5:15 pm        Dinner

6:30 pm       Group presentation about financial planning is provided.  Participants are provided a list of questions to consider over the evening and to discuss prior to their private financial planning consultations. A short break follows.

7:00 pm       Sunset walk to the horse barn (Optional)

9:00 pm       Refreshments

11:00 pm      Common areas closed

Saturday Itinerary

6:00 am       Coffee and Drinks

7:30 am        Sunrise walk

8:30 am       Breakfast meeting presenting an overview of children’s legal issues.  Grandparents are informed of the pertinent regulations and statutes addressed in family court proceedings, use of guardianship, special considerations relative to educational placements and precautions for medical decision making.  Short break to follow.

10:00 am     Group presentation on child development and grandparent from a psychologist’s point of view.  Grandparents are provided a means of assessing the attachment formation within the transgenerational arrangement.  Key benchmarks are reconsidered when children are being raised by a more mature.

12:00 pm     Lunch

1:30 pm        Private Sessions

GUEST 1 GUEST 2 GUEST 3 GUEST 4 GUEST 5
1.30 A LEGAL FREE SPACE INSURANCE MEDICAL FINANCIAL  
1.30 B FINANCIAL LEGAL FREE SPACE INSURANCE MEDICAL
3.00 A MEDICAL FINANCIAL LEGAL FREE SPACE INSURANCE
3.00 B INSURANCE MEDICAL FINANCIAL LEGAL FREE SPACE
4.30 A FREE SPACE INSURANCE MEDICAL FINANCIAL LEGAL
Free space is used for scheduling follow up appointments with any of the professionals, for receiving a massage, exploring the grounds or relaxation.
           

5:30 pm       Grandchildren arrive.

5:45 pm        Cookout with acoustic guitar

6:00 pm       Petting Zoo, Family Photographs, Family Building Activities

8:00 pm       Conclusion of program