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.
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.