The Brown Family
I wasn’t expecting to be the parent for my two grandchildren but I wouldn’t change a thing. I thought I knew everything there was about parenting since I’d already done it once, but quickly realized that times have changed. It was after going to the parenting classes that I realized these kids had gone through traumas of their own and I also realized I was going through my own grieving about the way things had worked out. The classes and social workers helped me understand the best ways to relate to and communicate with my grandkids and by going to the classes and events with other relative caregivers, I’ve gotten to know many other grandparents who are raising their grandkids so now I have a strong support group. I wouldn’t be able to navigate the whole process of court hearings and paperwork if I didn’t have my social worker there to help me. I’m proud of my two grandkids and love them so much. I have come to terms with the fact that they needed me to step in to be their parent, and I look forward to the day their adoption is finalized.