Thrive Alliance receives national recognition for innovation

A national association is recognizing Thrive Alliance in Columbus for its program to help caregivers who are taking on the responsibility of raising the children of other family members.

The Relative Caregiver Support Program began last year and provides information, support groups, legal training and enrichment for those families. The program is tailored for cases like those where a grandparent has to take over care of their grandchildren because the parent has a drug problem.

The program was recognized recently by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging with the Aging Innovations Award.

Thrive Alliance partnered with Family Services Inc., Legal Aid and psychologist Dr. Darla McKeeman for the programming. Funding is coming from the Bartholomew County United Way and Heritage Fund: The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County.