A minor, unless already emancipated, is not legally empowered to make the decision for herself. Although it is possible for grandparents to gain custody of a grandchild under certain circumstances, the grandparents or another interested adult must initiate the petition for custody.Continue Reading
Though laws vary from state to state, as a general rule, a third party, including grandparents, must provide compelling evidence that removing a child from their parents' care is in the child's best interest. Circumstances that may compel a judge to grant third-party custody include: documented abuse or neglect, parental drug or alcohol abuse or mental illness that causes one or both parents to be deemed unfit. Custody may also be granted to the grandparents in cases where both parents agree to give up custody willingly.
When weighing the interests of a child, a judge may consider the child's emotional needs as well. In some extreme cases, custody may be taken away from a parent who is shown to be insufficiently caring. If a child has been legally emancipated from her parents, she may have more freedom of choice about where she lives. However, in most states, a minor cannot apply for emancipation without the sponsorship of an adult.Learn more about Parenting
A medical release form for grandparents is a form that grandparents, grandchildren or their legal guardians can sign in order to give others access to medical information and records. A patient may sign a medical release form if they are switching providers, seeing more than one physician at a time or are incapacitated due to illness or injury, according to About.com.Full Answer >
Some online grandparents' support groups provide anonymous venues where grandparents may share experiences, tips and challenges with others with similar family dynamics. Grandparents may also seek local support groups through community resources, including religious organizations, county government offices, the YMCA or school social workers.Full Answer >
The American Grandparents Association is a non-political group whose goal is to better the lives of grandparents and their families. It was established by Grandparents.com and has around 2 million members, as of 2015.Full Answer >
In traditional patriarchal society, the father takes on the role of the provider and ultimate decision maker, while the mother cares for the children and handles the family's daily domestic affairs according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The responsibilities of children change as they grow older, with older siblings generally being expected to take on leadership roles over their younger siblings. These roles are constantly changing and evolving, however.Full Answer >