About Us

Who We Are

Who We Are

Who We Are


Grandparent and Kins Raising Children- Lake County is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Our focus is dedicated to the growth and development of our children and to reduce caregiver stress. Caregivers often need immediate support as they deal with a variety of issues.  Grandparent and Kins Raising Children understands the day to day struggles and are dedicated to providing families with the support needed to ensure a healthy, happy, and nurturing lifestyle where children can grow, thrive, and feel loved. 


Who We Are

Who We Are


Our Mission is to assist in the successful development of children being raised by grandparents or other relatives by providing developmental support, advocacy and resources bridging in the pursuit of a healthy society and strong communities for all children and families.


Who We Are



To reach every grandparent and relative caregiver raising children and help educate our children about positive life choices. Ongoing benefits of the GKRCLC support group includes the reduction in caregiver stress and enhances healthy caregiver/child relationship.


Community Awareness



Our objective is to ensure that every child affiliated with our organization develops a solid sense of self-worth and pride. We encourage the influence of a diversity of cultures so that children will gain an awareness

of the world around them, and

they will have the tools needed to succeed.

Community Awareness

Community Awareness

Community Awareness


To increase awareness in our community of the large number of grandparents and other relatives who have accepted the challenge of raising a child when a parent becomes unable to do so.  Creating awareness in our community is also important so these children are able to grow and prosper in a kinship home with family members, rather than state-funded or privately-funded foster homes.


Community Awareness

Community Awareness


Fundraising is an essential part of offering our community the support and assistance necessary in raising a child, Please consider donating to help families in our community continue to thrive and achieve their goals.

Our Programs

Support Groups

Family and Cultural Activities

Family and Cultural Activities


Support group for adults that offer a social network of grandparents and relatives and monthly guest speaker.

Family and Cultural Activities

Family and Cultural Activities

Family and Cultural Activities


Fun Family Activities to strengthen family bonds and provide educational and entertaining.  Cultural Activities is  preparing individual for real life and strengthening their personal skills

Holiday Support

Family and Cultural Activities

Star Program-Youth/Children


The Holiday Support Program is an program that assist families and children during the long winter months of the holiday season.

Star Program-Youth/Children

Back-to-School Supplies Program

Star Program-Youth/Children


Grand Garden

Back-to-School Supplies Program

Back-to-School Supplies Program


Grand Garden program is a summer-long program designed to engage adult and children in learning about nutrition, gardening, leadership, respect and responsibility 

Back-to-School Supplies Program

Back-to-School Supplies Program

Back-to-School Supplies Program


Back-to-School Supplies Program is dedicated to providing those in need of school supplies with the tools necessary to be successful in the classroom.

Support Groups Locations


Community Christian Church

I400 York house Road

Waukegan, Illinois 

Every Fourth Thursday

9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

Zion Township

1015 27th Street

Zion, Illinois

Every Second Wednesday

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Avon Township Center

433 E. Washington Street

Round Lake Park, Illinois

Every Second Thursday

9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

Ways To Donate


Business Support

You can recruit business partners for Grandparent and Kins Raising Children Lake County, NFP. Some Businesses are monthly donors, while other give through sponsoring our fundraising events.

Matching Gifts: if your employer has matching gift program

Individual Donations

Credit card through our website or by checks: Make check payable to Grandparent and Kins Raising Children Lake County (GKRCLC)  and mail to: P.O. Box 145 Wadsworth, Illinois 60083.  All donations are tax deductible.

In-Kind Gifts

We always need donations to help our Families.

School Supplies

Back Packs

Gift Cards

Movie & Sporting Event Tickets

Sponsoring one of our annual events

Holiday Support

Help Our Cause

Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Our Partners and Supporters


Contact Us

Grandparent and Kins Raising Children-Lake County, NFP

P.O. Box 145 - Wadsworth, Illinois 60083

(847) 641-6845


Get in Touch


Our Team

Harriet Holley

President/Engagement Coordinator

Julia Vaughn

Vice President

Wanda Siler


Mercedes Matlock


Annie Mays

Board Member