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This Month's Spot Light shines on: Annette Saunders, MHS

Annette Saunders

Annette Saunders is a native Baltimorean and product of Baltimore City Public Schools, with a Masters in Human Services from Sojourner Douglass College (2005). Also, as a principal in Baltimore grand families, Mrs. Saunders is a well-known and highly regarded activist in the field of Human Services, with a specific focus on parent education and community engagement, especially with grandparents and relative caregivers raising children. She is an experienced train-the-trainer in numerous national, state and local parent training models. Among Mrs. Saunders’ accomplishments is receipt of the Generations United 2011 grand families Award. This international award recognizes the effectiveness and scope of services provided through Baltimore grand families over the past seven years.

She is the founding president of Grand families PTSA (GPTSA), the “first in the nation” PTA serving the needs of grandparents raising grandchildren. GPTSA is a community based PTSA and is an affiliate of Maryland PTA and National PTA. Mrs. Saunders is a member of the National PTA Urban Family Engagement Network, and a part of Baltimore City Local Engagement Leadership Team, and a member of Baltimore City Public Schools’ Parent and Community Advisory Board (PCAB). She is also a consultant with Baltimore City Health Department’s Office on Aging and CARE Services and the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work.

Recently, in celebration of the 2012 National Grandparents Day and as the Grandparents as Parents (GAP) liaison for the Baltimore City Health Department Office on Aging and CARE Services, Mrs. Saunders developed and coordinated a week of activities for grandparents across the city. The week concluded with the 1st Annual GRAND CARE Conference in Baltimore City and a respite day trip for grandparents to The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA. During the week, Mrs. Saunders also served as a panelist on the Grant Makers for Children, Youth & Families’ briefing on the subject “Second Generation Parenting: Raising Grandchildren and/or Adult Children with Disabilities,” held at the Dirksen Senate Building in Washington, D.C. Immediately following that briefing, Mrs. Saunders accompanied a GPTSA member she had selected to sit on the White House Grandparent Event panel and who shared her story of raising two grandchildren attending Baltimore City Schools.

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