It is a growing fact that more and more grandchildren are being raised in the homes of their grandparents. Some grandparents are held in limbo as to what to do because they do not know their rights or may not think they have any.Grandparents visitation rights and grandparents rights must be addressed. Every state has different laws but most states are starting to have to face the fact that grandparents are being put back into a parenting role to help keep their grandchildren safe. I am sure that there are times when parents forbid grandparents visitation to see there grandchildren form other personal reasons but that is not what I am addressing here. I am addressing children who may not be being feed properly or left alone for long periods of time due to different problems with the parents.If grandparents visitation rights are with held how are the grandparents to know if these children are alright. I am gonna list a few of the things that I know about and that other grandparents have shared with me that has lead to them either having custody or contemplating having to take custody of their grandchildren.
1.:Drug abuse has been a growing problem in our society for a number of years. When most people that I know have used drugs they loose touch with reality and the drugs are the most important thing in their lives. They may love their children but they began to get pushed to the backside of whats important.
2.:When a person finally seeks help and goes into rehab someone has to try to maintain their household while they are in rehab so they have a place to return to. Their children,your grandchildren have to have a place to stay. This is assuming that both parents have a problem and most of the time this is the case but not always. Grandparents visitations rights are so important to the safety of children of such situations.
3.:Have you ever noticed that when drugs are involved financial problems appear because people on drugs tend to spend their money on drugs. They may even forget to keep food in the house. Just because they are on something that keeps them from being hungry they forget that their children are still hungry. It seems that all the money is spent on more drugs. I have honestly went to check on my grandchildren when they had not eaten for a long period of time and their parents in bed asleep in the middle of the day. Small children left up alone to take care of themselves.
4.: If rehab does not work then the next stop is jail. Our jails are over full with people that have been arrested for either using or selling drugs. Some for stealing for money to buy drugs. It is a terrible circle of events. some even end up in jail or prison more than once and your grandchildren will have to stay somewhere and do you want them in foster care. Most grandparents love there grandchildren and are willing to keep them so they can be with people they love.
Now I would like to share with you some of the things I have found out. I hope you never have this problem but if you do be sure and search out your options. The New Grandparents Rights are certainly something to check out. I wish you all the best. Good luck with your grandchildren.
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