By Karen Best Wright, www.RaisingYourGrandchildren.com
I often receive emails from people wanting advice about adopting their grandchildren. I personally do not have any experience, since I did not adopt my grandchildren. However, I received an email the other day from a grandmother who did adopt a grandchildren. Below is the grandmother's email. Perhaps it will be helpful to someone.
We have had our grandaughter since she was 2 months old. Her mother (our daughter in law) did not want to raise her and gave her to us, she was on drugs and being a prostitute to support her drug habit. When the baby was 2yrs old we decided to adopt her. Her mother's parents decided to fight us even though they had no relationship with this baby. My husband and I have spent 2yrs and $40,000.00 dollars and as of May 5th, 2009 we finally won our case. Our best advise to anyone trying to adopt would be to contact C.A.S.A. they were our saving grace. And the other thing we would suggest is to document everything!!!!!!!!! Dates, times, events, comments, actions, etc..............it is so important to have all the facts to present to a judge. And if there are court ordered visitations we recommend concealing a recorder in the diaper bag at these visits is a great way of proving that someone is unfit to be a parent. You may not be able to use it as evidence but it will help you to know if your grandbaby is being abused and believe me it will help your case!!
I hope this information will be helpful to those of you asking about adopting grandchildren.
Karen Wright, B.S. Community Health Education