Free seminar to offer advice to grandparents serving as parents

The City of Biloxi will team with Biloxi Public Schools and the Mental Health Association of Mississippi this week to provide free assistance to caregivers 55 and older who are raising children.

A “Meet and Greet” to explain existing resources for grandparents will be held Thursday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m. at the Biloxi Family Resource Center, on the Lopez School campus, at 140 St. John Ave. in Biloxi.

A free lunch and door prizes will be available at the program.

There are 5.7 million children living with a grandparent, representing 8 percent of all children in the United States.

“We would like to help these grandparents and other caregivers in these trying times,” said Kay Daneault, executive director of the Mental Health Association of Mississippi. “Caregivers 55 and over, other than mother/father, are invited to join us for this program funded by Area Agency on Aging and City of Biloxi.”

Stress and other issues will be addressed to help caregivers become even more productive in their role, Daneault said. Individual and group therapy meetings, information and resource assistance and education are some of the opportunities available at no charge.

There is also a monthly meeting for caregivers over 55 raising children the first Wednesday of each month at Garden Park Medical Center on Community Road in Gulfport at 9 a.m.

For more information, contact Patty Sinopoli with the Mental Health Association at (228)385-1119 or via email at or Susan Hunt with Biloxi Public Schools at (228) 297-6808 or

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