About GAP


Are you a grandparent or relative caregiver who is raising a child? 

Do you need information and support?


Grandparents have always played an important role in the lives of their grandchildren. Today, because families face many problems, thousands of grandparents in the United States, New Jersey and here in Passaic County have  become “parents the second time around,” providing safe and loving homes to children who would otherwise be in the foster care system.   

GAP is a network of grandparents, service providers, community leaders and educators working together on behalf of grandparent and other relative caregiver families. GAP gives voice to the needs and concerns of grandparents/caregivers who are raising  children because their parents are no longer able or willing to do so. GAP offers community forums, educational programs, and a support network of advocates.

For more information, please contact:
Institute for Creative Aging
Paterson University
Mary Osinski
973-720-3690 or


Meetings will be held the third
Wednesday of each month at the
Paterson Public Library
250 Broadway, Assembly Room, Paterson, NJ
Time: 9:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
unless otherwise noted.


2014 Meeting Dates

January 15

Healthy Eating for the New Year

By: Heather Shasa

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Presentation

By: Arthur Holloway

February 19

Black History Month

Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) parent/prevention education program

By: Jamielee Smith

March 19

Women's History Month

"Umi" - A film of the untold story of grandmothers becoming mothers again!

By: Mark Fischer

April 23

Autism Awareness Month

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Housing for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

By: Benjamin Vega

Child Abuse Presentation

By: Wendy Beckett

Discussion: 501c3

By: Della Capers and Joanne Cummings

May 21*

Mother's Day

*Meeting in Passaic*

9:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Murphy Apartments Senior Building, 14-34 East Monroe Street, Passaic

Parking Available at the Site and Across the Street

June 18*

Father's Day

*GAP Picnic*

11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

William Paterson University, 1600 Valley Road, Wayne

July 16

Independence Day

August 20

No Meeting

September 17

Grandparent's Day

October 15

Hispanic Heritage Month

November 19

Veteran's Day

December 17

Holiday Meeting and Gathering




For more detailed information, please contact Mary Osinski at osinskim@wpunj or 973-720-3690.