You may want to start researching you rights as a grandparent. I live in the state of Kentucky and we as grandparents do have rights for visitation and to take custody of our grandchildren if the child is being removed from the custody of their parents. I believe a child should be placed with grandparents or a relative before being placed in foster care.
Kinship care programs refer to the care of children provided by a relative other than the parent. Grandparents are playing an increasing part in kinship care of grandchildren due to a family crisis,grandparents being younger and healthier than their parents and their ability to raise grandchildren and growing research that there are benefits for children to have a relationship with their grandparents.
Courts in Kentucky may give grandparents visitation with their grandchildren if it can be determined to be in the child’s best interest. You will have to prove this relationship. My son is deceased(killed in a car accident)so the courts may give me the same visitation he would have had as long as child support is given to help provide support for my grandchildren. Be careful to check into your states adoption laws. In Kentucky the law states: Adoption cuts off the visitation rights of the grandparents unless the adoption is granted to a stepparent, and the grandparent’s child has not had his or her parental rights terminated. What to do if you are charged with Domestic Violence
Do you know your grandparent visitation rights? Are you or will you be one of the many grandparents raising grandchildren in the near future? If you are at the crossroad of knowing that this is in your near future then you should become familiar with your rights as a grandparent.
Most states are allowing grandparents visitation rights if it a grandparent can establish that it is in the best interest of the child. You must provide information to the court showing that there has been a relationship with the child. There are three things that you may want to keep in mind as you petition the courts for custody and or visitation:
1. The Courts Will Make The Final Decision The court will take the full responsibility of making the decision to protect the child against feelings of quilt.
2. The wishes of the child Most states but not all will consider the wishes of the child but will also take into consideration the age of the child. Most children need a relationship with their grandparents and enjoy spending time with them.
3. Type of Custody You as a grandparent should consider if this arrangement will be a temporary situation or a permanent one. Knowing this it will be easier for you to help your grandchild adapt to their new surroundings if they will be with you on a full time basis or helping them to understand how long they may be with you and away from their parents.
Children love their parents and most of the time they will be sad to have to be away from them. You will play a big part in helping them get through the changes in their lives when they come to live with you. Loving them unconditionally is very important. I feel like it is best to talk with them about their parents and not make them feel like that can not about how they feel. If a parent has gone to jail let them know how long to expect to be without them but let them know if and when they will return. Sometimes not knowing what is happening is worse than dealing with what has happened. Children need to be told the truth.