Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Start Time/Date: 9:00 AM Monday, August 10, 2020
End Time/Date: 4:00 PM Monday, August 10, 2020
ADDRESS: The Graduate Hotel
125 South Atherton Street
CITY: State College , PA 16801

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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren 



In the state of Pennsylvania over 80,000 children are being raised by their grandparents, many due to the opioid crisis. In recent years legislation has been passed, pilot programs developed, and hotlines created to assist grandparents in taking on this overwhelming task. If you are interested in learning more about this topic and tools to help you when working with victims who are in this situation, register for this important training.



Joanne H. Clough, Esq.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Children and Youth Subcommittee on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Currently raising her 4-year old granddaughter due to opioid overdose.

Joanne is a family law attorney and has 37 years of experience working on family issues and with local family agencies. Since her daughter’s death, Joanne has used her experience to advocate on behalf of grandparents and other family members affected by the opioid crisis. She is a Grandparent Member serving on the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Children and Youth Subcommittee on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and on the Governor’s Pennsylvania Grandfamilies Workgroup.  Ms. Clough also serves on Generations United GrAND Voices, which is a national organization which focuses on family and kinship issues related to relative raising other relatives.   She speaks at public events frequently about her raising her granddaughter experience and was recently featured along with her granddaughter in several news and magazine articles about grandparents raising grandchildren. PennLive News named Joanne and two other mothers who lost children to the opioid crisis the 2017 Newsmakers of the Year for sharing their stories. With her legal and personal background, Joanne is actively working in Pennsylvania to try to effect policy changes to serve the needs of kinship caregivers. 



Registration closes on July 24, 2020. This course is open to all victim service providers, including attorneys. Class size is limited to 40 attendees.

If registration is full and you wish to be added to the waiting list, please email Amy Smulktis at



Attendees are responsible for their own lodging arrangements and expenses; however, there is a small room block reserved. Please reference the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute when making reservations.

The Graduate Hotel
125 South Atherton Street
State College, PA 16801



Due to budget restrictions, refreshments are unable to be provided for participants.



No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after July 24, 2020. Substitute attendees, however, are permissible at any time.


Questions or Concerns

Please contact Amy Smulktis, Restitution & Victim/Witness Consultant at if you need additional information. Please do not contact the trainer directly.

Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute
2929 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110