New guardians often find themselves not knowing where to turn. Here's a list of those who can help.
Grandparents United for Change: Private support group seeking nonprofit status; relies on donations and grants. Myril Houk, founder; 155 Second Ave. N., Suite 202, Twin Falls; 208-430-4292; email@example.com.
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare: State resource for families; "navigators" who guide caregivers through the system; relies on state funding. 208-734-4000, www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov. Operates the 2-1-1-Idaho CareLine: www.211.idaho.gov.
College of Southern Idaho's Office on Aging: Senior services and monthly support groups; relies on federal Title 3 funding from Older Americans Act of 1964. Shawna Wasko, contract manager, 208-736-2122 or firstname.lastname@example.org; https://sites.google.com/site/csiofficeonaging/senior-services-specialist.
Problem Solving Courts: Support and workshops for custody and guardianship; funded by the Idaho Supreme Court. Kasey Kliegl, Fifth Judicial District guardianship and conservatorship monitor, 208-737-6810 or email@example.com; www.courtselfhelp.idaho.gov.
South Central Community Action Partnership: Income-based community support; relies on public and private funding. Misty McEwen, community services director, 208-733-9351; www.sccap-id.org.
American Association of Retired Persons: AARP's Grandparent Information Center provides a guide for grandparents with tips, tools and resources: www.aarp.org/relationships/friends-family/info-08-2011/grandfamilies-guide-getting-started.html. Or call 202-434-2296.