Believing the Child should always come FIRST inspires me to give. In addition to monetary donations and fundraising efforts, I “give” by volunteering my time doing various projects at Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Brevard County Florida Inc.(GRG). The mission of GRG is encompassed by their Child First program. I have witnessed their support groups first hand and was relieved to know I was not alone and very grateful to realize how blessed my family is by comparison. Grandparents becoming “Parents Again” comes with struggles like new technology and different school work from when we raised our kids. However, the lack of legal documents is the biggest obstacle faced by many grandparents. I learned quickly that our family was in better shape than most of these “grandfamilies” because we had a signed document allowing us to care for the grandchildren. The project I am proudest of was that I recently wrote instruction manuals for grandparents to be able to file a court petition to obtain Emergency Temporary Parental Responsibility by Relative Caregivers. Grandparents without legal documents have difficulty enrolling the children in school and getting them medical treatment. These documents also allow the child to remain with the grandparents so they can thrive in a safe and loving home. Each time a grandparent can use this guide and file the papers without help from a lawyer; at least $1000 is saved. GRG is a nonprofit agency that has very limited funding so this type of savings is critical. Projects like these allow me to #PayitForward making every day like #GivingTuesday. I strongly encourage you all to get inspired and give to your local charities!
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