Parents Caring For Our Children

Q. “We love our children, but circumstances make it difficult, or impossible, for us to care for our kids. We need our parents to care for them.”

A. There are situations that no longer allow us to give our children a stable life, and their grandparents seem to be a good choice. We know it might be a hardship for the kid’s grandparents, but right now it’s the best choice. Even if your children’s home life isn’t working, keeping them connected to family is most often better than placing them with strangers. Find ways to make it easier.

Even if your children’s home life isn’t working, keeping them connected to family is most often better than placing them with strangers. Find ways to make it easier.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Can the children’s grandparents do this? Do they have the physical, emotional, and financial ability to handle this change? Do they have the space?
  • What kind of help might the grandparents need?
  • What about the children? How do we prepare them?
  • How can I stay in their lives?
  • Are the courts or social service agencies involved? What do they want and need?

Helpful Tips: Try to enlist help right from the beginning. Your life may be in turmoil, even so, you have a responsibility for your children. Whether it’s ordered by the courts or the county social service agency, or those agencies have not been involved, sit down with relatives and find help for the children. Get the help you need, and find ways to stabilize your children’s lives, too. Find help. Check with your family, health care providers, maybe your faith community or other social service organizations. Let us help.


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