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Support group aims to reach more families raising grandkids

Friday, February 17, 2012


SIKESTON -- Grandparents raising grandchildren isn't as rare as Debbie Wilburn of Sikeston once believed.

"I felt like I was the only one -- and I'm not," said Wilburn, who has been raising one of her grandchildren for the past five years.

Wilburn has since learned approximately 175 children in kindergarten and elementary schools in the Sikeston R-6 School District are being raised by grandparents.

"That's why we know there's a need out there (for a support group)," Wilburn said.

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