Welcome to the Certificate in Grandfamilies Leadership

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Click here to register for Spring 2023 course which starts February 27th

The University of Maine Center on Aging is proud to announce the creation of a certificate program providing core education, technical support, and leadership development for professionals delivering grandfamily and kinship programming across the country.

This online certificate program is comprised of 9 modules delivered over a 12-week period using a cohort model.  The curriculum will meet the needs of working professionals working in a variety of social services providing supports to grandfamilies or who find they are working with extended family members who are raising another family member’s child or children and are seeking specialized training to meet the unique needs of these families.

The course registration fee is $85.

This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886480408-9377) for 8 continuing education contact hours.

The sequence of training modules is as follows:

Module 1: Introduction and general resources for families
Module 2: Legal information and supports
Module 3: Mental health and special needs

Break week

Module 4: Taking care of the caregiver/issues of aging
Module 5: Identifying grief and loss for children, families, and caregivers
Module 6: Special populations: Helping families affected by substance abuse;
Incarcerated parent(s); Supporting military families; Working with Native American families

Break week

Module 7: Ethics: Use of self in practice, boundaries, and self-care
Module 8: Program development: building a volunteer base and mentoring
Module 9: Program sustainability

Funding for the Certificate in Grandfamilies Leadership provided by the
Brookdale Foundation Group

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