Grandparents taking the reigns from troubled parents

All children need and deserve a stable home life. And typically, it is a child's parents who are responsible for creating an environment that allows the child to grow and develop properly. Unfortunately, sometimes parents are not able to provide the care their child needs. In such cases, it is often the child's grandparents that must fill the void.

U.S. Census Bureau statistics indicate that 2.7 million children are in the care of their grandparents. And while there can be any number of reasons a parent may be unable to take care of his or her child, substance abuse is considered a primary culprit. And according to a New York Times article, the recent opiate epidemic is playing a role as more parents are falling prey to painkiller addiction.

It is simply unsafe for a child to remain with a parent who has succumbed to a serious drug addiction. And in such cases, it is grandparents who are rushing into the breach to act as responsible caregivers, often by adopting, obtaining legal custody or becoming the legal guardian of the child.

If you believe that your grandchild is in danger due to the substance abuse problems of his or her parents, there are legal maneuvers you can make to ensure that child will be in your care. And if caring for the child creates financial hardships, you may be eligible for financial assistance and subsidies.

A Florida family law attorney could help guide you through the legal process required for you to take custody of your grandchild. The attorney could assess your case and work in an effort to see that your and your grandchild's needs are met.

Source: Fox Business, "More Grandparents Taking Role of 'Mom' and 'Dad'," Casey Dowd, Sept. 9, 2016

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