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Burden on grandparents raising children: ‘I had to leave my job’

first_imgNZ Herald 7 September 2016Family First Comment: The usual list of suspects – drug and alcohol abuse, family breakdown……“Drug addiction, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect, struggling parents and alcohol abuse are the most common reasons children end up in their grandparent’s care.”Terry Kopu has taken care of her great grandson since he was lifted from a home of drinking, violence and neglect when he was six weeks old.Her story is similar to the majority of the 1350 grandparents surveyed by charitable trust Grandparents Raising Grandchildren who released a report today. Drug addiction, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect, struggling parents and alcohol abuse are the most common reasons children end up in their grandparent’s care.Researcher Liz Gordon said the grandparents and great-grandparents get huge love and joy from their grandchildren, but the costs are great.The children are not easy children, there are often P babies, fetal alcohol babies, the victims of physical and sexual abuse, post-traumatic stress and other issues Gordon said.“Unless they are reasonably well-off and have one, two or more spare bedrooms, the arrival of the grandchildren has immediate impacts on the family – not enough resources, not enough space. Some grandparents find themselves sleeping on their couch.”The families vary greatly in ages from 35 to over 85. The report found most of the families are worse off financially as they drop work to take care of the child. Two-thirds of the families were on or below the poverty line and 74 per cent suffered from health issues Gordon said.“The grandparents often face ongoing sacrifices to deal with the health and education needs of the children, all the time their own health may be getting worse, their retirement savings disappear and they have to give up work, change jobs or reduce hours to meet the needs of the children.”CYFS have been very involved with many of these children, Gordon said, but grandparents have many criticisms of the organisation. Usually for urging the families to get custody, then closing the case and leaving very needy children without support.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11704830last_img read more

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Sunman Wine & Fireworks Festival Set For Saturday

first_img(Image: Sunman Chamber of Commerce) SUNMAN – Large crowds are expected this weekend at the annual Sunman Wine & Fireworks Festival.The Salute a Soldier 5K kicks off weekend festivities at 9 a.m. Saturday. The race is in memory of PFC Anthony Seig and all current and past military members who have fought, or are fighting for our freedom.Seig was killed in action on September 9, 2006.Following the race, the public is invited to stay for the new Karaoke Contest beginning at 1 p.m. The popular Sunman Idol follows at 2:30 p.m.The annual festival features wine tasting, food, children’s activities, homemade wine judging and a beer garden.Saturday’s music lineup includes Pistol Holler, Swamptucky and Batesville band 5 Lights.last_img

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Champions League winner Liverpool back at work after thrilling — but way too short — offseason celebration

first_img (Kamil KrzaczynskiAFP/Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/14/10/jurgen-klopp-071819-getty-ftrjpg_b1vujnpnap4f131bqrcq3wq6i.jpg?t=133414964&w=500&quality=80 Friday night at Notre Dame Stadium, Liverpool will play Borussia Dortmund in the third game of its preseason and the first of its three-game tour of the United States.Watch Liverpool-Dortmund live on fuboTV (7-day free trial) “They’re pretty close to each other. You see it, of course,” manager Jurgen Klopp told the media Thursday. “They were all happy to see each other again. So that’s all good. Holiday is good, important — true. And maybe the first two weeks you don’t think about anything else than about holiday. But then for all of us we started getting excited again, looking forward to the season.”Liverpool is moving quickly toward a season that in some ways will be the busiest in its history. The club will play in seven different competitions with a trophy at stake, albeit two of those will be transacted in a single day.Annually the winners of the Premier League and FA Cup meet in the FA Community Shield match that represents a start to the English soccer season. Manchester City won both, which means the second-place finisher in the Premier League gets invited. Having ended the 2018-19 league season a single point behind the winners, Liverpool will face Man City on Aug. 4. In the NBA now, dealing with this sort of thing is called “load management.” If Liverpool were to remain active to the finals in all the cup competitions, it literally could be playing two full seasons’ worth of games.”Hopefully we can,” Klopp said. “But that’s all that I can say about that. Before the season, it’s always the same. It would be great if we could use the whole squad throughout the whole season. That would make life much easier. MORE: John Barnes wishes Premier League glory for Reds”Yeah, the number of games sounds big. Games, we never try to avoid. We’re happy about having as much as possible. That’s how it is — that means you have a very successful season. The league will always be the main focus, because we play most of the games there. There’s no team in the league where we can say, ‘Let’s send the kids there,’ or whatever. All these games are so competitive and so close.”Nobody can take away from us that we won the Champions League, but it will not help us a lot in the new season.”center_img NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The offseason, as glorious as it was, lasted 36 days. That’s all. It almost was cruel to require Liverpool FC to return to training so soon after winning the UEFA Champions League title on that glorious evening in Madrid, but the June 1 date for that game against Tottenham Hotspur and the Aug. 9 Premier League opener against Norwich City assured the Reds’ celebration would be brief.Think about it. The New England Patriots report to camp in a week. They’ll have had enjoyed five months and 22 days of championship bliss by the time they’re again dealing with Bill Belichick on a full-time basis, and it’ll be another two weeks after that before the Patriots must play anyone in an exhibition game. LIVERPOOL PRESEASON: Transfers, rumors, PL fixturesThe winners of the Champions League and Europa League meet in the UEFA Super Cup. That will pit Liverpool against Chelsea on Aug. 14 in Istanbul.Neither is a must-win game, but the fact the Reds will play league rivals in each of them also figures to mandate significant efforts.Along with chasing its first Premier League title, there are the domestic cup competitions: the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup. And becoming champions of Europe also guarantees entry to the FIFA Club World Cup, which will be contested in mid-December in Qatar.last_img read more

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YOUR CHANCE TO GRAB ONE OF THE LAST PLACES AT THE LADIES FOOTBALL COACHING COURSE IN GLENSWILLY

first_imgTHERE are a few places left on the Donegal Ladies Gaelic Football Level One coaching course which is being held in Glenswilly this Saturday.This course is developed to challenge existing coaches to look more in depth at coaching principles and practices associated with Ladies Football in areas such as physical fitness, nutrition, goal setting, rules of the game etc.Coaches will apply information to solve coaching scenarios in practical situations. Coaches must have completed the FUNdamentals course and have at least one year’s coaching experience.**Duration:· 22 hours· (12 hours course work, 10 hours practical coaching in own club) over 2 days separated by minimum 6 weeks.· All participants must complete a logbook between Day 1 and Day 2**Date, Time and Venue:· DAY 1 12TH Sept in GlenswillyDAY 2 21ST Nov TBC Registration is at 9.45am and the course starts 10am Sharp!Cost: €70 per participant.Contact:[email protected] YOUR CHANCE TO GRAB ONE OF THE LAST PLACES AT THE LADIES FOOTBALL COACHING COURSE IN GLENSWILLY was last modified: September 8th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:coaching coursedonegalGlenswilly GAA ClubLGFAlast_img read more

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