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Support Groups, People & Organizations

Finding Help

 Support Groups for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in Erie County

“I’m overwhelmed! Where do I begin?”

One excellent approach is to find groups of caregivers who have learned skills to help them cope, to find necessary information and resources, and act as advocates for the children in their care. Several groups are meeting in or near Erie County.

Child & Family Support Program,
Saturday Support and Wednesday Evening Support

The Mental Health Association of Erie County
999 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14209-1892
Attn: Jessi Tutt, Coordinator, Child & Family Support
(716) 886-1242
For parents, grandparents, and foster parents of children who have emotional and/or behavioral problems; child care provided during meetings (call ahead)

EPIC Parenting Workshops
EPIC - Every Person Influences Children SUCAB
1000 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 332-4100
Workshops on parenting as well as training for those volunteering to run workshops, 2 hours a week for 6 weeks.
Web site:

Grandparent Support
Amherst Center for Senior Services
370 John James Audubon Pkwy, Amherst, NY 14228
Attn: Ann Marie Howard, Deborah Zimmerman, & Lynette Walker (716) 636-3050

Relatives As Caregivers Support
Mid-Erie Counseling and Treatment Services
Diana Kachurka (716) 895-7167 Ext. 106

Relatives as Parents/Providers Information
Mental Health Association
36 Pine St., Lockport, NY 14094
Attn: Cheryl Licata, Director of Education

Paula Smith, Facilitator (716) 433-3780
Meetings are held the first & third Fridays of the month from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. Lockport, NY. The group welcomes anyone raising children other than their own. Information is confidential. Advocacy work.

Support Group for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Attn: Alice Hutchins (716) 662-0482. Leave a voice mail message.
Monthly meetings are held in Orchard Park, NY.

List of Support Groups, People & Organizations

Updated, July 2005