~ from CAC Office on Aging

The Grandparents As Parents (GAP) program is excited to announce the 3rd  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 3rd edition GAP Guidebook Launch Party on May 15, 2024, from 3:00—4:30 p.m. at the O’Connor Senior Center (611 Winona Street).  There will be a special presentation at 4 p.m. 

This book is available 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. You can also download a copy of the Guidebook at


The GAP program reports that more grandparents and other relative caregivers are finding themselves becoming the sole caretakers of grandchildren whose parents are incarcerated or who cannot maintain custody of their children. This free book provides information and resources a grandparent needs to know and addresses child care, education, health,  custody and legal issues, technology, and other important information.

GAP also 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 offers are 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 3rd edition was made possible with funding from these generous supporters: AARP, Knoxville-Knox County CAC, Knox County Health Department, Wears Valley  Ranch, ChildHelp-Relative Caregiver Program, Maxim Healthcare Services, Metro Drug Coalition,  Knox County Trustee, Knox County Government, United Healthcare, and Long, Ragsdale, & Waters.  

Grandparents as Parents (GAP) is a program of the CAC Office on Aging. Learn more about  GAP and the CAC Office on Aging at