Implications of Relatives Raising Children When Parents Deploy

By Molly C. Herndon

On April 5 at 2 p.m. eastern time, Dr. Sandra Bailey of Montana State University will present “Implications of Relatives Raising Children While Parents are Deployed” for the Personal Finance concentration of the Military Families Learning Network.

Dr. Bailey is the Director of the Montana Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Project and has done extensive research on the topic, as well as on single-parent families, nonresidential parenting after divorce and international adoption.

The active duty force is comprised of service members who are often parents and these parents may be single, divorced, or dual-enlisted service members. Deployment is a stressful time for families and the prospect of making arrangements for an extended separation from a child during deployment can add to the stress. In order to make this transition as smooth as possible, parents and caregivers have a number of concerns to address before deployment takes place.

This web presentation will cover the logistics non-parental caregivers must face while caring for relative’s children, such as permissions for medical treatment and school enrollment. Dr. Bailey will also discuss the challenges grandparents raising grandchildren face, and the stress of the departure and reunification process.

If you will be participating in your first web presentation from the Military Families Learning Network, please test your system in advance for the best possible experience on the day of the conference. Instructions for testing and trouble-shooting your connection is available here.

To join the session, simply log on as “guest” by clicking here just a few minutes before 2 p.m. No registration is required.

Selected resources and research articles have been identified to enhance this presentation for participants. These resources can be found here.

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