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Nine-year-old girl at the center of custody dispute

Many families across Pennsylvania welcome the addition of a newborn baby. The lives of parents, grandparents, siblings and other family members are forever changed by the bundle of joy. At the time of most births, there are not usually the dark thoughts of a looming future custody dispute. Unfortunately, some of the members of one family have gone through years of anguish and are waiting to hear the decision of the court as to the resolution of a custody dispute surrounding a nine-year-old girl.

More grandparents seeking legal custody of grandchildren

When parents are unable, or in some cases unwilling, to take care of their children, many grandparents step into the role of caregiver. Some of these people who have agreed to take on their grandchildren may not always be physically or financially able, yet they step up anyway and petition for legal custody to keep their young loved ones together as a family and out of the foster system. Pennsylvania grandparents may be interested in learning of a couple who is fighting a legal custody battle with the state in which they and their grandchildren live.

Children who live with grandparents get housing assistance

Many non-traditional families in Pennsylvania today are going by a new name: grandfamilies. Grandfamilies are those where the grandchildren live with grandparents when the parents are not around. Many times the grandchildren who live with grandparents live in substandard housing because the grandparents are not financially stable enough to provide any other environment. One group is working to help those in that situation.

Number of children who live with grandparents increasing yearly

Not only in Pennsylvania but all over the country, the number of grandchildren who live with their grandparents is growing every year. AARP statistics state that more than 2.5 million grandparents are undertaking the duty of bringing up their grandchildren. Any number of reasons may arise for parents needing their children to live with grandparents. A recent report gave an account of a woman in another state who began caring for her granddaughter just after she was born.

Grandmother is pursuing legal custody of four grandchildren

Grandparents who are choosing to pursue legal custody of their grandchildren have been topics of increasing significance in the past few years. Pennsylvania residents may be interested in a study conducted a few years ago that showed the number of children living with a grandparent was up by 3 percent compared to 20 years before. As further proof of the increasing percentage, one grandmother in another state is looking to gain legal custody of four of her grandchildren.

Grandparents granted temporary legal custody of children

When the relationship between two Pennsylvania parents dissolves, legal custody of the children is an issue that must be faced. Most often the arrangement is between the parents, but sometimes other family members are granted legal custody by the court. A recent case saw the court granting temporary legal guardianship of two children to their grandparents.

Grandmother flees with boys in grandparents' rights case

A current grandparents' rights case may be of interest to Pennsylvania grandparents who are fighting for custody of grandchildren. The grandmother, from another state, is wanted by police for custodial interference and has fled with her two grandsons to a tribal reservation, the tribe of which the boys are members. Her quest for grandparents' rights has her caught between the ruling of the state court and that of the tribal court.

Michael Jackson's mother embroiled in custody dispute

Most Pennsylvania residents know that, after Michael Jackson's death, his mother was given custody of his three children. Now, the children are at the center of a custody dispute between her and Debbie Rowe, the mother of Jackson's two oldest children. She is asking for custody not only of her two biological children, but also for guardianship of Jackson's youngest son.

Grandparents' rights law pushed by granddad denied custody of kids

Pennsylvania readers may be interested to learn that the head of a grandparents' rights association from a southern state has been using his personal experience as motivation to seek changes in child custody proceedings across the country. He raised his two grandchildren, along with his wife, since shortly after the kids were born. However, that all changed in 2010, when his state's Department of Social Services stepped in and removed the children, claiming that the man and his wife were too old and medically unfit to continue to raise them. The experience turned him into a spokesman for grandparents' rights.

As more kids live with grandparents, seniors' health suffers

Statistics show that more and more Pennsylvania families are comprised of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. This trend comes as a result of a number of factors, including a sluggish economy that has left many parents unable to care for their own children. In other cases, drugs, mental illness or criminal convictions have left children without a functioning parent, and the grandparents have stepped into this role out of love and concern for their grandchildren. No matter how a child has come to live with grandparents, this type of family unit has a number of unique needs and challenges.

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