‘Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren’ program at CSUSB launches new online resource


Cal State San Bernardino’s research study, “Caring for Others as a Positive Experience,” has launched a new website to provide information about the progress and implementation of this learning program for grandmothers raising grandchildren.

Project C.O.P.E websiteCOPE is an intervention study funded by the National Institute of Health and offers training and resources for grandmothers raising grandchildren between the ages of 4 and 12.

The COPE website provides general information about the program activities, the training, the research team, the community advisory board, the timeline and a well-developed section for community resources for families and children in both San Bernardino and Riverside cities. In addition, informational brochures, fliers, news releases and announcements about the program may be downloaded from the website.

“The goal of launching the COPE website is twofold: to disseminate information about the program for custodial grandmothers; and to facilitate communication among grandmothers providing care in the community and human service professionals and organizations serving families and children,” said Julian Montoro-Rodriguez, CSUSB professor of sociology and coordinator of the COPE program.

The program is currently conducting training for custodial grandmothers in San Bernardino and Riverside counties and has already recruited more than 100 custodial grandmothers for the training sessions, Montoro-Rodriguez said. A new group in Palm Desert will begin by end of summer.

The research team is in the process of conducting initial assessments and assigning the grandmothers to specific training groups. Recruitment of additional participants will continue during the next few months, with the goal of conducting all training sessions by the end of the year.

The website also provides information about volunteering opportunities in COPE’s program activities. For more information, visit the COPE website. Montoro-Rodriguez and the research team may be reached toll free at (855) 537-5580.

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