Tri-County Mental Health Services is the new manager of the Northland Grandfamilies community support and resource group. This successful community organization provides a support and gathering for those in a kinship role of caring for a youth family member. The group offers a time for sharing, support, resources and free community events.

As a new manager of this established group in the Northland, Tri-County is working to communicate to those in the area about upcoming daytime and evening support group meetings. All events are listed on the Northland Grandfamilies Facebook page as well as the Tri-County Facebook page.

“When a young family member is being cared for by a grandparent, aunt, uncle or other family member, it can be unexpected and sudden, and our group can offer information that can help with the transition,” said Becky Franklin, director of Northland Grandfamilies at Tri-County Mental Health Services.

The program includes three support group activities a month – both day and evening times offered. Events include:

  • Guest speakers
  • Coping tools
  • Resources
  • Attachment-based activities
  • A safe, confidential space
  • Annual conference/workshop

As the program ramps back up following COVID-19, Tri-County is planning a kickoff gathering in July and the date will be announced after the Fourth of July holiday on the Northland Grandfamilies Facebook page.

Anyone interested in learning more is encouraged to signup to receive Northland Granfamilies emails by contacting Becky Franklin at