Betty Cornelius


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I am the founder of CANGRANDS KINSHIP NATIONAL SUPPORT, a national grass root organization providing information and support to the 62,500 kinship children being raised by grandparents and other kinship family members. CANGRANDS, I am a mother of two grown sons. I am denied access to my first granddaughter. I just spent the last 17 ½ years raising the second granddaughter, Asheleigh (22

). I work tirelessly providing encouragement, moral, and emotional support to kinship families. I spend an average of 4 hoursa day dealing with kinship issues from setting up speakers for the annual conference, to listening and encouraging grandparents, media calls, and hosts the internet support lists. I keep advised on Parliamentary Bills that effect kinship families such as Bill 210, as well as medical, parenting, legal and or political issues. I am a strong advocate for kin-children and kin-headed households having been denied access to one grandchild or rescuing another from an abusive situation. I have a strong drive that motivates me tocontinue to learn about Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorders and Behaviour Modification. I assisted with Bill Ontario's first grandparent bill and have worked on 4 others since. Iestablished the Kinship Conference and Camp in Canada has become a lifeline for kinship caregivers. July 2014 we hosted our 13th. Annual CANGRANDS conference and camp out. This event will gathered 125isolated and marginalized kinship families. I have spoke at the First International Kinship Conference and at the AARP in Washington DC as well as at the United Nations Youth round table in Ottawa.

  • Work
    • Bancroft Mental Health Supprt Network
  • Education
    • Business Administration