Grandparents have stepped up and welcomed grandkids into their homes, giving them hope for the future and replacing traumatic pasts with love. Grandparents are petitioning the courts for child custody because many parents struggle with drug addiction and are unable to care for their children. In Maryland and other states, grandparents are forgoing retirement plans and working through the legal system to secure custody.
The Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act was recently signed into law by the president. The goal is to create a one-stop-shop of available support resources for grandparents raising grandchildren. About 2.6 million children in America are raised by grandparents, and the numbers are expected to increase because of the ongoing opioid crisis. The new law is adamant about helping children maintain a connection with family through kinship caregivers.
Grandparents assuming the role of raising grandkids are often met with unique challenges and limited resources. The new law advisory council will provide them with much-needed sources of information about vital programs such as social services, mental health counseling and legal help. Senators say it is imperative that help is provided and that they have immediate access to the resources needed to care for these children.
The opioid crisis continues to be a contributing factor in the number of children being placed with grandparents or other family members. Experts say their primary objective is to alleviate the trauma involved as children enter foster care situations. Grandparents in Maryland who have concerns about a child’s well-being may consult with an attorney experienced in child custody cases. A lawyer can provide guidance and suggestions on the right approach that is in the best interest of the child.