Grandparents play an important role when couples face infertility and the Priya Fund can help.
Earning the status of “grandparent” is a special time in people’s lives. For those whose adult children face infertility—one in eight couples—it can become an uncomfortable or stressful situation to manage.
The Priya Fund offers emotional support, resource connection, spiritual guidance, and financial assistance with fertility treatments and/or adoption.
They are dedicated to ensuring that no Jewish individual or couple navigates the infertility world alone. In addition to financial support, Priya hosts support groups (now virtual) and community education.
Since its inception in 2015, 17 babies have been welcomed into our community by families working with Priya. The Priya Fund has distributed over $56,000 to 22 families to assist in their fertility journey.
“Grandparents and ‘Grandparents in Waiting’ can play an important role in their adult children’s support system as they navigate the stress and uncertainty of the infertility journey,” said Taly Friedman, Director of Priya. “In addition to being supportive to their adult children, it can be an emotional time for this demographic too, as the hardships of seeing their children struggle and being unsure of how to support their children can weigh heavily on them.
At Priya, we are here to support the entire family by not just providing financial support but a sense of hope and resources for all those touched by infertility from the adult children experiencing it directly, to partners and parents.”
Howard Cohen’s daughter, Liz Levy, experienced infertility prior to the existence of Priya. As a parent to an adult child experiencing infertility, Cohen said attending a Kansas City infertility conference and several support group meetings with his daughter and son-in-law were extremely helpful.
“The best advice we received at the fertility conference was a session where they helped us know what language to use in helping to support our daughter and son-in-law, in other words, the things to say and not to say. It is important because sometimes you think you’re saying the right thing and really what you’re saying can be hurtful,” Cohen said.
Now the mother of two children, Liz Levy became so passionate about creating a supportive community for others struggling within the Jewish community that she became one of the founding members of the Priya Advisory Committee.
“Priya serves as a place for people to come together and talk about what they are going through and to not be alone,” Cohen said. “It also provides financial support for those that can’t afford the incredibly expensive procedures. The more we can educate the public about this condition the better we will all be so that we can freely discuss cures and mental health issues that surround it.”
Robin Carr has experienced the “grandparent in waiting” situation. A past Priya Advisory Committee member, retired nurse, and social worker, Carr’s daughter, and son-in-law went through years of infertility and loss before they were blessed with a son and then twins. While Priya wasn’t around when the Carrs’ daughter experienced infertility, Robin Carr found ways to be supportive including how to ask thoughtful questions and keeping positive during the process.
Carr is grateful that today The Priya Fund is available to support those in the Jewish community dealing with infertility.
The Priya Fund is one of the few charitable funds in the country to provide this type of assistance to Jewish couples and individuals of every Jewish denomination.
Priya Fund Family Consultant Porsche Elkins provides compassionate, confidential counseling. A group of medical professionals and other community members serve on its advisory board.
To learn more about Priya or to receive financial or emotional support, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.priyakc.org.