GRAND Magazine - November/December 2010 - (Page 45)

has to live with, her time with us is not enough, but it is a start and the only way to watch over her. —Ever Vigilant Granny Gail Susan: A couple of issues here: “blowing the whistle” and “persistence.” What is one to do? Report the alleged wrongdoing? In other words, err on the side of caution at the risk of alienation from parents and denied access to the grandchild? Or ignore? Or do something in between? The child’s safety and security come first, and when the parents aren’t accountable, the grandparents are left with the responsibility of advocate. In Gail’s case, she acted in what she thought was the best interest of the child based on the information she had. The second issue, persistence, is vital. Grandparents can provide the balance so necessary to a child’s emotional well being by sticking close by. Unless the grandparents are willing to fight the fight in order to remain close to the grandchild, the child will never know the opposite of a dysfunctional home life. Gail hung in there throughout the exhaustive and expensive legal process because she believed her granddaughter deserved to be treated like she mattered. Click to read this true (abridged) story in its entirety. If you have a question relating to kinship care, please write to Lola Bailey, co-founder of the National Committee of Grandparents for Children’s Rights, at To learn more about NCGCR, call 866-824-9900. Drag scroll bar for more listings photo: © Denis Raev |

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