By Karen Best Wright, www.RaisingYourGrandchildren.com
This past couple of days I spent the weekend in D.C. with my son-in-law's family. They are originally from India. There were grandparents, children, grandchildren. aunts & uncles, cousins, second cousins, and even friends together. I was awed at the closeness and fun that everyone had. I was also intrigued at their beauty. But what my mind kept thinking about was what if something happened to a set of parents (who perhpas had no will or arrangements made for the children) and the child or children were taken by the state to decide their fate. The entire extended family really had no legal rights to tell the state, "We are taking this child or children. The child belongs to this family" The state would make that decision instead of this wonderful large close family that stretched into second cousins and beyond. To me something feels very wrong when the government has more control than the extended family, it feels very very wrong.
A grandmother in love with her grandchildren