For some grandparents, it is an assignment they did not expect. However, troubles and instability at the homes of their grandchildren sometimes leads to grandparents taking on new roles. They find themselves as primary caregivers of teens and youngsters who long called them “Grandma” and “Grandpa.”
And many of these children have special needs as a result of being in homes filled with violence, financial instability, abuse and drug addiction. In situations likes these, it may be time for grandparents to step up and consider adopting their grandchildren, especially with an overwhelmed foster care system. After all, it is more than likely in the best interest of the child to remain with grandparents.
Grandparents play significant roles
Texas is one of many states that recognize the important role grandparents play in children’s lives. The state has a grandparent visitation law on the books. However, if grandparents deem it necessary and in the best interest of the children to gain custody of their grandchildren, they will need to take legal action. And they must be prepared.
Here are some reasons grandparents adopt their grandchildren:
- The death or deaths of one or both parents.
- Extreme substance abuse. An example is the opioid crisis.
- More and more mothers sentenced to prison.
Grandparents are sometimes thrust into the role of being parents again. This time to their grandchildren. You may have lost out on being a grandparent, but in you, your grandchildren may have found the right home that gives them emotional and financial stability.
Taking that step toward the adoption of your grandchildren is a big one. While you consider it, it remains a prudent idea to contact a compassionate and understanding family law attorney.