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That’s right, you heard it from us first!  By the end of July, we will have a BIG announcement for you.  Keep your eyes peeled for this announcement!

Did you know that the Census Bureau is reporting that there is an increase in the number of children living with their grandparents?  For the last twenty years, this number has increased, mainly among white families.

There are many reasons for this increase, all of which are unique to the family’s situation.  However, the main reason for the increase of children living with grandparents has been because of divorce.

For grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, there are a lot of emotional and financial ups and downs.

Are you raising your grandchild(ren) or are you living with your grandparent?

For more on this story, click here.


On July 22, 2011 there will be a Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Cookout in Taunton, MA.  For more information, follow this link.

What do you get for a child who was just born?  Do you get them a blanket, a teddy bear, clothes, baby bottles, etc.?  Or have you gotten them something that will last an entire lifetime and grow with them as they get older?

If you are thinking about what to get for a newborn, you should think about starting either a college fund or a retirement fund.  Both of these funds will grow with the child.  These funds will also give the child the gift of an education or the gift of retirement money, especially in a time, many years from now, when Social Security may be very scarce.  After setting up these accounts, there should be an annual deposit goal.

I think these are great gifts.  What do you think?


To read more about setting up these funds for newborns, follow this link.

North Dakota’s AARP is now sponsoring a “Why I Love My Grandparents” Essay Contest.  For more information, follow this link.

The National Committee of Grandparents for Children’s Rights is very excited to announce that after lots of hard work and long hours writing the New Jersey Bill S2975, Senator Weinberg announced the bill.  The bill will establish new standards for New Jersey courts to grant sibling or grandparent visitation rights under certain circumstances.

Now that it is officially summer, do you have any books you really want to read?  Or, are there any books that you enjoy reading over and over my personal favorite is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom)?  How many of these books do you read with your grandchild/grandchildren?

Here are my favorites:

  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • The Three Little Dassies by Jan Brett
  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
  • The Rainbow Fish Series by Marcus Pfister and J. Alison James
  • Stellaluna by Jannell Cannon

Susan Dove Lempke, a writer for Niles Patch came out with a list of fun summer books for children, parents, and grandparents to read together.  Here is her list:

  • It’s Vacation Time by Lerryn Korda
  • Hooray for Summer by Kazuo Iwamura
  • The Longest Day by Wendy Pfeffer
  • A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee
  • All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon

For more of Lempke’s article, follow this link.



The other day, we blogged about Skype and the impact that it has had on grandparents.  Today, it is time to blog about Facebook and various other social networking services that are becoming more and more popular among grandparents and other adults.

Did you know that 22% of grandparents use some sort of social networking service (Loveland)?  It’s true!  These social networking services, Facebook in particular, have been a great way to link grandparents with their grandchildren.  Social networking services also allow grandparents and grandchildren who live far away from each other to communicate very easily.

As the Baby Boomers are becoming grandparents, they are having a much easier time keeping up with Facebook and other social networking services (Phillips).

Finally, you may want to think about the pictures and information on your social networking sites.  If it’s embarrassing or inappropriate, would you really want you grandparents to see it?

Information Taken From:

Loveland, Mariel. “STUDY: 22 Percent Of Grandparents Use Social Networks, Facebook Among Most Popular Networks.” Scribbal – Social Media News. 23 June 2011. Web. 24 June 2011. <http://www.scribbal.com/2011/06/study-22-percent-of-grandparents-use-social-networks-facebook-among-most-popular-networks/&gt;.
Phillips, James Lee. “Friending Grandma: More Likely Than Ever – International Business Times.” International Business News, Financial News, Market News, Politics, Forex, Commodities – International Business Times – IBTimes.com. 24 June 2011. Web. 24 June 2011. <http://hken.ibtimes.com/articles/169063/20110624/friending-grandma-more-likely-than-ever.htm&gt;.

If you live in Seattle, Washington, have you heard about the Kinship Care Solutions Project Training?  You should think about attending the training.  To get more information, follow this link: http://www.probonodicta.org/2011/kinship-care/new-volunteer-training-kinship-care-solutions-project-training/

Many grandparents do not necessarily know if they can pursue visitation rights of their grandchildren.  In California, and many other states, there are statutes and different pieces of case law that allow grandparents to fight for visitation of their grandchildren.

Using California as a prime example, we can learn that case law and statutory law is constantly evolving when it comes to allowing grandparents to fight for their visitation rights.  In many cases, the grandparents, lawyers, and judges all look at what is best for the child, or the children, who are involved.

For more on California visitation rights, follow this link: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/06/22/prweb8460209.DTL

How many of you know if you can pursue visitation rights in your state?  If you don’t, that is okay!  If you would like to know, give us a call at 518-833-0215.