~ from the CAC Office on Aging

The Grandparents as Parents (GAP) program is excited to announce the 2nd Edition of the Grandparents as Parents Guidebook. This guidebook serves as a valuable resource for those who are parenting for the second time.

We invite everyone to join us for the 2020 GAP Guidebook Launch Party on February, 27, 2020 from 3:30—5:30 p.m. at the CAC East Neighborhood Center, 4610 Asheville Hwy (37914). There will be a special presentation at 4 p.m.

This book will be available beginning on February 27th at the CAC Office on Aging, O’Connor Senior Center and other community locations. If you or someone you know would like to have a copy of the guidebook, or if you would like more information about the program, call Tracy Van de Vate at 865-524-2786.


The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee’s (CAC) Office on Aging created the Grandparents as Parents Program in August 2000 to address the unique needs of raising children whose parents were unable to care for them. Currently, it is estimated that 5,000 grandparents in Knox County are raising their grandchildren. This free book provides information and resources a grandparent needs to know and addresses the subjects of child care, education, health, custody and legal issues, technology, and other important information.

GAP offers monthly informational and supportive meetings made up of people who understand what it is like to parent a second time. Other services that GAP provides is a monthly newsletter, weekly electronic bulletin, case management, assistance connecting to resources, referrals and more. GAP is FREE to join and has no age or income restrictions.

The GAP Guidebook 2nd edition was made possible with funding from these generous supporters: Knoxville-Knox County CAC, Knox County Health Department, Wears Valley Ranch, Relative Caregiver Program, Mac’s Pharmacy, Read City USA, Friends of the Knox County Library, Cigna, and Long, Ragsdale, & Waters