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Group Focuses on Support for Grandparents' Rights

Over 50 grandparents attend Advocates for Grandparent-Grandchild Connection's second annual event at the OASIS Senior Center in Corona del Mar.

Grandparents fighting the battle to gain access to their beloved grandchildren came together Sunday to support each other during a benefit held at the in Corona del Mar.  

The group shared stories and photos of their grandchildren during the event hosted by the nonprofit group Advocates For Grandparent-Grandchild Connection, an organization committed to the preservation of the grandparent-grandchild relationship.

“This is an opportunity for grandparents to network with one another and to help raise awareness,” said AFGGC founder Susan Hoffman, who helped write a bill resulting in a law that provided grandparents the right to seek visitation with a grandchild who has been adopted by a stepparent.

“A grandchild’s relationship with a grandparent should never be unreasonably broken,” she said. “Grandparents offer unconditional love.”

Since 2005, AFGGC has worked to raise awareness of denied grandparent visitation and the emotional consequences brought upon the child once that bond is broken. Oftentimes the severing of ties comes after a parent dies, a relationship is strained or a couple divorces. 

Newport Beach Mayor Nancy Gardner provided words of encouragement during Sunday's event.

“Grandparents are that extra voice of encouragement and support, which makes all the difference,” Gardner explained. “I hope that better ways to solve these issues are found through this group in order to maintain that precious bond.”

Guests at the event previewed the film Precious Bond, which highlighted the importance of the grandchild-grandparent relationship. The documentary resonated with viewers estranged from their grandchildren.

Jackie, an AFGGC member, found strong support in the organization since joining the group in January when she lost access to her grandchildren.

“I thought I was the only one who had my child turn on me but I’ve realized it’s very common,” she said. “I’ve received a lot of support from the group.”

Linda, a Newport Beach resident, was one of the many grandparents offering a shoulder to lean on.

“This is a huge tragedy perpetrated on grandparents,” Linda said. “This topic needs more awareness.”

All proceeds will be used to provide disenfranchised grandparents with support and educational services.   brought in more than $4,000.

Betty June 25, 2012 at 10:56 PM
We have the same heartbreaking issues in Ontario! Betty www.cangrands.com
hadenoughinva June 29, 2012 at 07:27 PM
I was sued by a grand-parent. It cost me 20K. I finally won. My son since then has graduated with honours & is going to a great University. Not all GP's are a good influence!
Melanie Frazier July 24, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Just what "rights" do you people think you should have? These are OUR children, NOT yours. You did NOT give birth to them. WE did. Isn't it enough that your generation is leaving us trillions upon trillions in debt with your entitlements? No... you want our children too. If you are willing to drag your own child through the court system for some trumped up "right" you think you have to another person's child, I can only imaging how you would treat a child that you didn't give birth to. You people are a disgrace.
donna young August 12, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Melanie, I am sorry for your cold and insensitive heart. Someday hopefully you will become a grandparent then maybe you will look at this issue through different eyes. I personally think you have a serious anger problem that without a doubt will effect your children. "the child" you brought into this world. Just where do you think you came from? To use your own children to keep grandparents from being able to enjoy their on flesh and blood is one of the cruelest things a parent could do to their child. I sincerely hope you get some help with your anger. It has to be having a profound affect on your children. Don't you think there is enough hatred in this world. Our family should be sacred and loving and our children and grandchildren are the ones who are put in the middle and suffer with the horrible attitude you have which i'm sure over flows in every aspect of your life!!! You Melanie are a disgrace to all of "our generation" who have struggled and fought for this country so you could have a better life. My prayers are with you and your children. God help and be with them!!
irene January 03, 2013 at 02:40 AM
Really? We raised our grandson from the time he was a toddler till he was 12 years old. His parents divorced, disappeared. Paid no support, not even one haircut for the child, nor did they ever take him to the Dr. We GRANDPARENTS, did the hard work, Melanie Frasier. We were up at night, when the child was sick, we put him in school, we hosted birthday parties and socialized the child. We gave him stability, community, faith and friends. Where were the parents? Collecting felonies, evictions, bad credit, ripping off the gov't for fraudulent student loans. In all those years we never once denied either parent access, it was a matter of finding them! We never even tried to get custody, because we wanted no discord. The biological mother had custody, then after all those years, she showed up one summer evening with her latest boyfriend in tow and in a blink of an eye, the child went from stability to chaos. We tried to fight it in court and obviously had a good case, but we settled for visitation and counseling as we didn't want the child in the emotional crossfire. How has it turned out? The child is failing in school, left alone while "mother" and boyfriend sleep all day. The child is overweight and no longer has friends. Mother on home detention. Now the parents are not adhering to court agreement. As if we expected them to do the right thing. Wrong, wrong. Child loses. Grow up Melanie, there is a reason grandparents fight!

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