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Grandparents' rights still making headlines in Missouri

In today's society more and more grandparents are taking responsibility for their grandchildren both physically and financially. Any Missouri grandparent taking care of their grandchildren might want to become familiar with their grandparents' rights, as this is becoming a more common arrangement. A recent story making headlines has drawn attention to grandparents' rights nationwide.

Although many grandparents are happy to have their grandchildren, it can cause a challenge in their daily lives. Many retirement facilities don't allow children or grandchildren to live on their premises. This can create a problem for fixed-income grandparents trying to help their grandchildren. There are a growing number of new programs nationwide that are designed to help grandparents gain or maintain custody of their grandchildren.

One facility in Tennessee, which is the first of its' kind, is drawing attention to the need for more similar facilities. This housing facility is built specifically for grandparents and any grandchildren who may be in their custody. It provides a safe place for children that aren't with their parents, no matter what the reason. The program's main focus is on low-income families and providing for any need.

Any Missouri grandparent faced with the need to receive or maintain custody of their grandchildren could benefit from researching their rights within the state. Although every state varies, they all have laws in place that can help protect grandparents' rights. The court system is in place to protect the children and place them in the best possible home.

Source: newschannel5.com, "TN Facility First In Nation For Grandparents Raising Grandkids," Adam Ghassemi, July 1, 2013

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