Monday, October 8, 2007

Mission Monday: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren!

Thanks for coming to Mission MOnday!
The other day I got an email from a member of a Yahoo group I belong to. The person sending the email was writing to tell members of the group about a couple of senior citizens who recently took in their three small grandchildren... permanently. The couple, who had been planning to live off of their retirement savings for the rest of their lives, now has to figure out how to support a three-year-old, a two-year-old, and a two-month-old.
The email was a plea for help... donations of clothes, diapers, toys, formula, etc.
The grandparents are not going to get any help from the foster care system because they are not considered actual foster parents. They took the children in order to keep them all together and out of the foster care system. Generally, in order for parents to get supported by the foster care system, they have to allow the kids to be placed into the foster care system, and then actually apply to be their foster parents! The family may be able to get other types of subsidies, but as many of you probably know, this sort of help takes far too long to get processed... and this family needs help now!
Here are the kids' ages and sizes (although the baby may be wearing larger clothes now since its been a few weeks since this email was sent!)
Albert - is 3 yrs old and wears size 5t.
Aliyah - is 1yrs and wears 2t...and size 6 in diapers
Luis - is 2 months and wears size 2 in diapers and I he weighs 13 lbs.
And here is the family's mailing address:
Albert & Alicia Martinez
6334 Canobie Ave
Whittier, Ca 90601

If you have toys, clothes, diapers, etc that you can part with, please consider sending them along!

Its possible you may not feel comfortable sending things through an informal Internet request like this. If thats the case, consider that there are many, many grandparents in this same situation, probably even in the area where you live, who could use similar help!
If you'd like to help a local family of grandparents raising grandchildren, gather up things you'd be willing to donate. You can contact your local United Way, contact a local support group for grandparents raising grandchildren, your state or city's Department On Aging, or even your town's police department, to find out where to donate your items.
Thanks for coming to Mission Monday!


~ Melody ~ said...

When we were foster parents, we so a lot of this. It's such a shame the families aren't classified as foster and eligible for the services.

Granny said...

These are grandparents? In CA?

Until 2 months ago, I was raising my 3 great-grandchildren and had done so since 1996.

There was never any problem with state aid so long as the parents were considered "absent". Their medical was covered as well. It isn't a lot of money but it helped.

I'm in the Central Valley but I'd think it would be the same statewide.