News Archive

  • Ten Strategies for Coping with COVID-19 - We talked to teachers, parents and other grandparents raising grandchildren starting the day schools were closed. Here some thoughts. No one can do all of these! Pick and choose strategies you find most realistic and useful.
  • Introducing Ties That Bind - JFRF is confronting issues impacting grandparents raising grandchildren head on with our new initiative, Ties That Bind. This program is our response to the growing issue of kinship caregivers (usually grandparents) who find themselves in the primary role of parent, raising grandchildren due to unforeseen circumstances. You are one of the very first visitors to Ties […]
  • Resources and Information for the 2020-2021 School Year -
  • How to “Zoom” without the frustration! A tutorial for you. - Are you missing out on all the “Zooming?” Is Zoom really worth the effort and frustration? Lots of older people say, Yes. But almost everyone agrees, learning how to use Zoom is frustrating and dangerous to one’s blood pressure. Well, here is about the best introduction we’ve found. Still, the easiest way to master this […]
  • Even in These Trying Days, We Can Learn - Listen to the podcast below. What is happening to our world?  Television or social media bring a daily avalanche of upsetting and darkening news. Adults see it. The children see it. How do we protect our children from suffering long-term damage from this awful year? How do we provide stability in a world that seems […]
  • Farm Fresh Food Boxes Available for Free - No forms, applications or questions asked. Just arrive early and pick up one these 20-25 pound boxes of dairy, vegetables and/or pre-cooked meats at one of the sites listed here. As part of a new program to link Families to Farmers, the US Department of Agriculture is partnering with local distributors to deliver more than […]
  • Free Meals Available to All Children in Portland - Portland School District is providing free Breakfast and Lunches for any child in the community under age 19. Meals are available for pickup between 11 am and 1 pm Monday through Thursday. Meals for the weekend ready for pickup on Thursdays. To view a map of locations click here. Who can get meals? “Any PPS […]
  • Update: Help finding food for kids - Now SNAP benefits are even more valuable. In April and May, Oregon households receiving SNAP benefits will receive the maximum amount available for their household size. If your monthly SNAP benefit before the COVID-19 crisis was less than the maximum for your household, you will get extra benefits automatically added to your card in April […]
  • Need COVID-19 Information in Other Languages? - The internet is flooded with information about the coronavirus and COVID-19 illness. Most of this is in English. These translated Public Health Recommendations from Seattle & King counties in 12 languages are frequently updated. Please check back regularly. For Google translations of Ties That Bind pages on this site, please use the translator box in […]
  • #10 Use a Trauma-informed Lens - March 25, 2020 – Hurts can hurt again. As a grandparent raising grandchildren, you live with the consequences of childhood trauma even in the best of times. Your grandchildren have endured a lot. You may have experienced trauma yourself. Now you must cope this catastrophe. What can you do to blunt immediate trauma and reduce […]
  • #9 Find Your Words - March 24, 2020 – When will this time of trouble be over? Whatever today’s confusing graphs and charts tell us, at some point the lines will bend toward the other side. We will come through. And like gold refined in the crucible’s fire, we will be changed. As we tell our children, trials are learning […]