Gulf Coast GAP is a network of support groups serving the families of the southern gulf coast of Texas. The group meets in Angleton. The organization was established to lend support to the many grandparents as parents in our community. Throughout our nation, there are a growing number of grandparents that have stepped back into the role of parenting. Across the U.S. almost 7.8 million children are living in homes where grandparents and other relatives are householders, with more that 5.8 million children living in grandparents homes and nearly 2 million living with other relatives. Often they assume this responsibility with neither of the children’s parents present in the home. These grandparents and other relative caregivers and children are often isolated; they lack the information about the range of support services, resources, programs, benefits, laws and policies available to help them successfully fulfill their care-giving role.
Our mission is to Bridge the gap between individuals and families who provide supportive care for children other than their own.
PO Box 1426 Angleton, TX 77516 979-341-0295, www.gulfcoastgap.org
What is Kinship Care?
“Kinship care” refers to care provided for children by relatives other than their parents.
A number of relatives (including aunts, uncles, older siblings, grandparents, and great-grandparents) find themselves serving as parents for children whose own parents are unable to care for them.
Sometimes, the arrangement (referred to as “kinship care”) is an informal, private arrangement between the parents and relative caregivers; in other situations, the Department of Family and Protective Service is involved.
Kinship care can also include non-relatives such as godparents, stepparents, family-friends or any adult who has a kinship bond with a child.
2.7 million children (4%) of all U.S. children are being raised in kinship care situations.
Children placed with relatives make up over a quarter (26%) of all children in the foster care system.
Please Join Us
- Share coping strategies
- Manage feelings of anger
- Find encouragement and strength
- Exchange ideas and resources
- Handling guilt
- Improve problem solving
- Learn to laugh again
- Legal issues
- Constructive discipline
- Succeeding in school
- Financial issues
- Coping with adult children
Joining a support group can help ease the journey. Your are not alone, join our extended family.
Gulf Coast GAP originated as a support program for grandparents as parents and has expanded into an all-encompassing kinship support program. We are a charitable organization that strives to provide educational and resource assistance for kinship families through monthly programs, holiday celebrations, an annual conference, as well as, assistance in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
We are a family! Being part of the GAP family comes with the same expectations a family has:
- participate by being present
- do your part to the best of your abilities and circumstances
We work together… we play together…. We celebrate together!
Together we make a Family
2nd Wednesday of the month, Except September & December
Free Family Meal served from 5-5:30 pm, 6-7 pm programs for parents, teens & children
First United Methodist Church Blue Room, 219 N. Arcola in Angleton.
Park in lot off Myrtle between the church and the Beacon Building
- Back to School
- Annual Kinship Conference
- Thanksgiving Community Meal
- Holiday Celebration