Illinois Department on Aging

Pat Quinn, Governor

Aging Links

About Us
Assistance in Your Home & Community
Illinois Family Caregiver Support
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Legal Assistance
Adult Protective Services (formerly Elder Abuse)
Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Long-Term Care Council
Intergenerational & Volunteer Programs
Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)
Directory of Agencies Serving Seniors
Illinois Area Agencies on Aging
Senior HelpLine 1-800-252-8966, 1-888-206-1327 (TTY)
Building Public Awareness
News & Publications
Legislative Updates
Statutes & Rules
Related Web Sites
Illinois Home

[Search Tips]

  2002 Press Releases  

diagonal image


Jan Costello
Phone: 217-785-9020, TTY: 1-800-252-8966

August 30, 2002

September Symposium Set for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Grandparents raising grandchildren are invited to attend a Symposium on Policies and Programs affecting them from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on September 10, 2002, at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Headquarters, 300 E. Randolph Street, Chicago.

"The 2000 Census reported over 213,000 Illinois children under the age of 18 are living in grandparent–headed homes," said Margo E. Schreiber, Director of the Illinois Department on Aging. "We want to do more to address the needs of these grandparents who are selflessly trying to provide a stable environment for their grandchildren."

Three panels consisting of grandparents, program personnel and advocates will discuss issues, examine the effectiveness of existing programs, identify gaps in services, and propose suggestions to revise or implement programs and legislation to address the needs of grandparents raising grandchildren.

"I strongly encourage grandparents raising grandchildren to attend this symposium and help us to improve or develop public policies affecting them," Schreiber said. "We are reaching out to serve this growing population, and need to hear what they are experiencing first-hand."

Advance registration is required and participants will be asked to provide picture identification upon check–in. Parking is available at a daily rate of $10 at the Monroe Parking Garage on Columbus Avenue (between Randolph and Washington streets). For registration forms, call Barbara Schwartz at 217/524-5327. The deadline to register is September 6th.

The Symposium on Policies and Programs for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren is sponsored by the Illinois Department on Aging, in partnership with the Governorís Commission on the Status of Women in Illinois, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and the Illinois Task Force on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.



diagonal image


diagonal image

For more information about the Symposium for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, call the Illinois Department on Aging's Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966 (Voice and TTY).

Section Links

Press Releases

Some files on this site are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. You may download a FREE copy of Adobe Acrobat by clicking the logo below.

Get Adobe Acrobat Reader Free!

Access Adobe's
PDF Accessibility Tools

The above links for Adobe Acrobat will open a new browser window.
Copyright © 2012 Illinois Department on Aging Site Disclaimer | Privacy | Accessibility | Contact Us