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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

When Grandkids Need You To Care For Them, What Are Your Legal Options?

Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq. | Posted 09.15.2016 | Fifty
Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq.

Your adult child and their spouse have been struggling lately to take care of their kids. Maybe work is too much, or other issues are lurking beneath the surface that are endangering your grandchildren's well-being and making it best that they live with a different caregiver. Should that caregiver be you?

The Senate Must Act Now to Put Families First

Donna M. Butts | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Donna M. Butts

All children deserve what she now has--a safe and stable family where they can grow roots and thrive. As a country, where would we be without grandparents and other relatives who are sacrificing to raise the children in their care? The Senate needs to do the right thing and put families first.

Too Many Grandfamilies Live In Poverty

Donna M. Butts | Posted 11.26.2016 | Fifty
Donna M. Butts

About 21 percent of the 2.7 million grandparents raising grandchildren are living below the poverty line. While 58 percent of them are still in the workforce in full or part time jobs, 39 percent are over 60, and 25 percent have a disability elevating the challenge of providing for the growing needs of the grandchildren in their care.

A Grandmother's Lesson in a Chocolate Pancake

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 11.12.2016 | Fifty
Linda DeMers Hummel

Our friendship with Miss Susannah began five years ago, early on a Sunday morning, when she leaned over our booth and said what she says to everyone in her section, "What can I get you folks?"

To Grandma's House We Go... and Stay

Donna M. Butts | Posted 05.08.2016 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

She was six years old when she left home on her bike with a suitcase she packed with clothes and another filled with toys. To grandma's house she went. But this was no picnic. And the big, bad wolf? He was a father fueled by alcohol.

Did This Home Video Incriminate A Grandpa In Abuse Case Involving His Step-Grandson?

Posted 11.28.2016 | Entertainment

Watch this cell phone video of Bill, a grandpa — who pleaded no contest to felony child abuse — interacting with his 5-year-old step-grandson. ...

Was This Grandpa Falsely Accused Of Molesting His Grandson?

Posted 11.28.2016 | Entertainment

About two years ago, a policeman knocked on Betty's door, she says, alleging that her husband of 23 years, Bill, had inappropriately touched their 5-y...

The Gift I Would Give to Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 06.27.2015 | Fifty
Edwin Leap, MD

They fight for custody, they change the diapers, feed and bathe the children. They take them to school, clothe them, care for them in their sickness.

Black or White? Let's Talk About Gray

Donna M. Butts | Posted 04.04.2015 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

Kevin Costner has taken on race in his new movie Back or White. But really it's about family. What he's done is shine a light on the changing face of families in America and reminded us of what's important.

Did Mom Coach Her Daughters To Lie About Abuse?

Posted 11.28.2016 | Entertainment

Shelly adopted her two granddaughters when they were young children, because her daughter, Roxy, was deemed an unfit mother. Recently, the two girls, ...

Home for the Holidays with a Grand Family

Donna M. Butts | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

They had all the love in their hearts but not the dollars in the bank. And it takes money to raise a child.

A Second Take at Parenting After Years on Our Own

Jerry Lanson | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Jerry Lanson

LEXINGTON, Mass. -- Mornings have gotten a lot livelier in the Lanson household this fall. My day starts with exercises and free-dancing with 7-year-...

Dear Family Whisperer: Overcoming 4 Difficult Truths About Your Grandchild's Parents

Melinda Blau | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

When our children have children of their own, we have to remember that their lives are not ours to live. Your son has "the right" to circle the wagons around his family, but not to be rude and inconsiderate.

Over The Bridge And Through the Woods To Grandmother's House We Go...

Fiona Finn | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents
Fiona Finn

Sometimes difficult situations bring blessings. And one of these blessings was the bond that grew between my children and their grandparents.

What Millions Of Grandparents Want You To Know

Deborah Doucette | Posted 09.13.2014 | Fifty
Deborah Doucette

Millions of grandparents are rescuing their grandchildren from a life of neglect, chaos, and abuse at the hands of addicted parents. These are families from every walk of life, of socio-economic strata, of size, shape, and color. Make no mistake, they are families like yours and mine.

8 Successful Celebs Who Were Raised By Their Grandparents

Posted 03.26.2014 | Fifty

Our childhood forms us and sets us on a distinct path for the rest of our lives. As a child, nothing matters more than the people we look up to and th...

Study Says More And More Grandparents Are Raising Their Grandkids

Posted 11.07.2013 | Divorce

With single parenting on the rise, more and more grandparents are stepping up to help their adult children raise kids, a report released Tuesday foun...

Honoring Grandparents Who Raise Their Grandkids

Jason Alderman | Posted 11.04.2013 | Fifty
Jason Alderman

Ironically, even though many of these "grandfamilies" barely scrape by, they save taxpayers more than $6.5 billion each year by keeping children out of the foster care system.

At Grandmother's House We Stay: One in 10 Kids Lives With A Grandparent

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.04.2013 | Fifty

Call it a residual from the recession, but in 2011, 7.7 million children -- one in 10 -- were living in the same household as one of their grandparent...

LOOK: A Grandfather's Poignant Message About The Gap Left By His Son's Death

Posted 08.26.2013 | Fifty

The ties between grandparents and grandchildren can be binding and even magical. Evidence shows that grandparents are so important they actually incre...

Memo to Anthony Weiner: The 'G' Word Is a Blessing, Not a Curse

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 10.08.2013 | Fifty
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

As someone who does not vote in New York City, I have no dog in this fight. But as a grandparent, I have a big problem with this entire story line.

I'm Still Your Grandma

Claire N. Barnes, MA | Posted 10.02.2013 | Impact
Claire N. Barnes, MA

I am putting time and energy during my retirement into soliciting input from grandparents all over the world offering a platform for them to express how they are managing the intergenerational difficulties imposed upon their grandchildren by parental separation.

Top 20 Things These Grandparents Have to Do Without

Deborah Doucette | Posted 08.21.2013 | Fifty
Deborah Doucette

Grandparents raising grandchildren long for, pray for, and fight for three things: to keep their grandchildren safe, to see their adult children overcome their difficulties, and to come together as a family, healed and whole.

5 Tips For Connecting With Your Grandchildren

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 08.18.2013 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

Ultimately, being an active presence in your grandchildren's mind isn't just good for your mental health. That special bond that skips the generation can enrich the lives of the young as much, if not more, than your own.

10 Things You Should Say To Parents, But Don't

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Posted 04.07.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Take a positive spin The shift from being the parent to becoming a grandparent takes a major adjustment most of us n...