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December 15, 2010

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December 15, 2010

I was denied visitation with my grandchildren shortly after my daughter married a man who is not the father of her children. He started with threats, then the isolation of my daughter, and soon I found myself fighting to see my own flesh and blood.
All I could think about was what my
grandchildren thought. Did they think I'd forgotten about them or that I stopped loving them?
I thought I was alone, until I found Advocates for Grandparent Grandchild Connection. Within 30 minutes I received a call that changed my life. There were others, and talking to people who truly understand can make a difference.
We are a group of grandparents who are fighting for the rights of our grandchildren to maintain the loving relationships they've always enjoyed but are suddenly denied when a parent gets angry.

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We share coping strategies, how to get through the holidays, we share ideas about how to possibly reconnect with the parents of our grandchildren, and there is success. Every month I drive approximately 75 miles one way to our group meeting, and it's worth every mile.

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This organization is working as well as it can, however it needs funding. People need to be aware of this growing problem before it happens to them. It can happen to anyone because the laws aren't written to protect children, just their parents right to control who their children can love.

December 7, 2010

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December 7, 2010

As the director and primary advisor, I can attest to the resources that we provide to the local community as well as nationally through email and telephone. We have three ongoing support groups, Corona Del Mar, Ca., Penn Hill, Pa., Chicago, Il. where grandparents come for support and education. The primary overall purpose of the organization is to help preserve the grandparent grandchild bond; we mainly work with grandparents with visitation issues, so that they can give the child a voice.
We have had many successes in reuniting families either through coaching or providing referral for legal assistance.

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Working closely with grandparents, teaching them new communication skills has brought about reunification with grandchildren. Assisting grandparents with court cases has helped them win their cases. Offering support is the most important intervention, where they can become connected with others in similar situations.

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Offer free legal services, increase number of meetings.

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