If you are a grandparent raising children, whether they are your own grandchildren or someone else’s this can be a sticky situation. As a grandparent it is your right to know that the child is taken care of, with no signs of physical, mental, verbal, or sexual abuse. If a grandparent suspects that the child has been abused in any way then it should be a major focal point of their lives to do something about that child’s situation.
In our society, many more grandparents are raising children, whether it is their grandchildren and other children. Many times you must get a lawyer involved in the situation. There are so many different circumstances that one cannot pin point an exact set of grandparental rights. You have to take the first step in filing for joint, temporary or permanent rights. Without this you will be unable to do the simplest of tasks such as to take the child to the doctors. If you are raising this child you need to have a judge legally tell you what your rights are so you can care for the child properly, as a parent would.
If it has come to the point that the child needs to reside with you, then the children are going to need support and stability, and by knowing your rights is the only way to insure this child’s stability. You may have a lot more rights then you knew you had. Your utmost goal, in addition to keeping the child stable is to keep them safe. It usually takes a lawyer and judge to draw the legal lines for you and the child to stay healthy and safe.
No one can pick or chose their specific set of circumstances. You must do your best with what you are handed.