GRAND Magazine - November/December 2010 - (Page 44)

* grandparent rights Blowing the whistle What’s the price of trying to protect a grandchild? BY SUSAN HOFFMAN Dear Susan, My daughter and her husband are a part of the adult entertainment industry, including stripping and nude photography in magazines and on the Internet. Had I done nothing and something happened to my 5-year-old grandchild Hayley, I wouldn’t be able to live with myself. We did what we thought was Susan Hoffman is director of Advocates for Grandparent Grandchild Connection. right by calling CPS and then filing for guardianship, which we soon learned was unrealistic, because most of the activities in the adult entertainment profession are legal. The CPS investigation found no just cause, and we dropped the guardianship and instead filed a grandparent visitation petition, which seemed the only way to remain in our grandchild’s life. Our daughter used Hayley to hurt us by keeping her from us. There are days that it takes all that I have to keep it together. 44 GRAND NOV DEC 2010 After unsuccessfully trying to work something out with our daughter, we decided to go forward with our case, and the judge awarded us temporary visitation of four hours twice monthly. As our case progresses, things are coming out, including pertinent information about Hayley’s emotional well being based on a court-appointed therapist’s evaluation. Her observation reinforced what we knew: that Hayley had been anxious and depressed during the five months that we had been separated. The court-appointed therapist’s evaluation was the deciding factor in awarding us a permanent visitation order. Given the circumstances that this child Share this article with your friends.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - November/December 2010

Grand - Nov/Dec 2010
Table of Contents
Grand View
Grand Treasure Hunt
Grand Central
2010 Holiday Gift Guide
Cover Story
Rx for Trouble
Your Grandkids’ Health
Grandma’s Off Her Rocker
Dr. Marion
Book Review
Comfort in the Kitchen
Grand Giggles
Grandparent Rights
Kinship Care
Grand Finale

GRAND Magazine - November/December 2010