Project Healthy Grandparents (PHG)

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About This Program

Target Population: Grandparent-headed families of children (birth to 16 years old) in which the birth parents are absent

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 16

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 16

Brief Description

The goal of PHG is to improve the well-being of families in which grandparents are raising their grandchildren in parent-absent homes. PHG provides comprehensive health and social support services and improved access to community resources. PHG’s comprehensive services include monthly home visitations by registered nurses and social workers, parenting education classes and support groups, legal service referrals, as well as early intervention services for young children. In many cases, referrals are made to other healthcare or community service providers, and transportation services are available, if needed. To be eligible for services, the grandparent(s) must be responsible for at least one grandchild age 16 years or younger and the child’s parents must be absent from the home. Once enrolled, participants have access to all PHG services free of charge for one year.

Program Goals:

The goals of Project Healthy Grandparents (PHG) are:

  • Improved physical and mental health of grandparents
  • Decreased psychological stress of grandparents
  • Improved family resources
  • Improved family social support
  • Improved parenting skills
  • Decreased child behavior problems
  • Improved developmental outcomes for children birth through 5 years

Contact Information

Susan Kelley, RN, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Georgia State University
Phone: (404) 413-1091

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: February 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: January 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2017