PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 24, 2013 – In a special Spanish-speaking workshop, Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams will help provide tips from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, at Concilio, Philadelphia, to grandparents and others who are raising younger relatives.

The free “Helping Hands Kinship Care” workshop day will cover how to deal with a child’s separation anxiety; depression, bad behavior or any family drama created by a new situation; and understanding the legal rights and responsibilities of a kinship caregiver.

In parts of Philadelphia, 1-in-5 children aged 17 and younger are raised by a grandparent. About 1-in-5 grandparents who serve as a primary caregiver live in poverty, according to the U.S. Census. Language barriers make accessing essential information that much harder.

A free continental breakfast will start the day and free child care will be provided by volunteers from Temple’s Intergenerational Center, including Spanish speakers.

Media coverage is encouraged.

WHO:           State Sens. Anthony Hardy Williams & Larry Farnese

Featured panelists: Ada Vidal from Tree of Life; Ismael Alvarez, Children’s Crisis Treatment Center; Tighe Burns, esquire, Community Legal Services; and Iris Violeta Colón-Torres, moderator

WHAT:         Spanish version of Sen. Williams’ “Helping Hands Kinship Care” workshop

WHEN:         9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26; Sen. Williams will deliver remarks at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:       Concilio, 705 N. Franklin St., Philadelphia. Parking and entry in rear of the building.


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