Articles By

Jim Ed
Jim Ed Clayton joined the Blount County Children's Center as Executive Director in 2011. Before that, he and his wife Dana were full-time houseparents for eight years at the Big Oak Girls' Ranch in Springville, Ala., where they served as "Mom and Dad" to 23 abused and neglected girls. Jim Ed is a native of Clay, Ala., and earned his bachelor's degree and MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He worked in business management for over 25 years. Jim Ed and Dana have two adult sons and live in Rosa.

Supporting "Grandfamilies"

Jim Ed ClaytonOctober 27, 2016
When grandparents raise their grandchildren, there is a new word for it.  It's called a "grandfamily." And the number of grandfamilies is on the rise—up over 30% in recent years. According to the latest census, 8% of children in Blount County, Ala., (where we operate our Children’s Advocacy Center, the Blount County Children’s Center) are being raised by their grandparents.  In some counties, the rate is as high as 19%. ...Continue