Gather with us on September 15th at 1:00 p.m. at the U. S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., as grandparents and other relative caregivers from across the country take part in the 4th National GrandRally. The GrandRally is a powerful way to gain lawmakers’ attention and to focus on the importance of relative caregivers-the challenges they face and the contributions they make.

In the midst of scarce resources and a tumultuous economy, relative caregivers keep children safe and in stable homes.

The GrandRally will be an historic opportunity to celebrate, create momentum, expand awareness and build upon the success from previous GrandRallies.

For more information, visit or email or speak with GrandRally staff at 215-844-4744.

Give this Rally the support it deserves (send this link to your friends and list servs).

The people involved have earned it.

What’s it like to be seventy years old and become the single adoptive parent of four abused and neglected children?

My first experience with grandparent adoptions was profound and is with me fifteen years later.

An unfathonably generous grandmother adopted her four severely abused grandchildren.

A twelve year old quadriplegic, a severely burned young girl (Annie), and two high energy boys. On a first visit as a guardian ad-Litem, grandma stated “when Annie is 18, I will be 88”.

From toddler to twelve year old, this fearless giant-hearted woman dedicated her final years to the terrific task of raising her very troubled grandchildren.

I have other stories about grandparent and relative adoption.

They all have the same theme. Terrific self sacrifice and commitment & love that knows no bounds.

There are about six million American children being raised by grandparents & relatives.

They deserve all the support this nation can give them.

Thank you for all you do.

Grand Rally MN 2005

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  1. I work in Child Welfare (for a private foundation), however that did not help me as my 14 yr. old granddaughter (whom I’m raising) spins out of control. Due to a series of losses culmenating with her bio mom having #4 baby and starting Middle School she suffers from sever depression and anxiety. She has chosen to run from home, take drugs, have sex, ect., as a coping method. This past school year she didn’t attend school more then 10 days and is going to have to repeat 8th grade.That’s background info.
    I have used the legal system in Washington State to try and riegn her in. We have a At Risk Youth Petition that asks the court to intervene and “order” her to do specific things (go to school, stay home, ect). If she doesn’t comply the court issues an order of contempt and there are consequences (community service, detention (no more then 7 days),ect). The petition lasts for 9 months total. We are on our 2nd petition. Parents in WA State cannot make there children do anything once they are 13 yrs of age. You cannot force them to go to treatment (drug or mental health). Youth have to agree to get help. Consiquently, I have been on “search & rescue for 2 yrs. now. These laws need to change so we can save our kids.

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