VIDEO: ‘Gramping’ Event Tightens Family Bonds

It’s estimated that there may be 24,000 or more grandparents in San Diego County who are raising their grandchildren. But even with a number that high, it’s easy for these grandparents to feel alone in their efforts.

To help connect these families and bring them much-needed resources, the County’s Health and Human Services Agency and County Parks and Recreation put on their first ever “gramping” event.

“We want them to know there are resources there and that there are other families that are going through this and you can support each other,” said Pam Plimpton, HHSA. “This gives them a fun chance to strengthen those family bonds.”

The “gramping” event was held in Dos Picos County Park for all kinds of kinship families. Camping gear was provided and park fees were waived so the families could enjoy the night.

“We’ve learned and we’re still learning together,” said grandparent Diane Escobedo, who unexpectedly began raising her grandson when he was just five months old. “These grandparent meetings help us to do that.”

Find more information about kinship resources or other community and health services online or call 2-1-1.

James Kecskes is a multimedia designer with the County of San Diego Communications Office.