While I realize that Family Dynamics can be complicated, it’s perplexing why anyone would put up resistance to allowing grandparents to petition the court on a case by case basis to visit their grandchildren. To my knowledge, and I could be wrong there are no restrictions on others who want to petition the court so why block Florida grandparents? It is borderline discriminatory!
Across the United States, more than 6 million children are being raised in households headed by grandparents and other relatives; 2.5 million children are in these households without any parents present. As the children’s parents struggle with substance abuse, mental illness, incarceration, economic hardship, divorce, domestic violence, and other challenges, these caregivers provide a vital safety net to children inside and outside of the foster care system.
Listen to this interview from with Guardian ad Litem director Alan Abramowitz – the numbers are staggering: Perspectives: Kids and the Opioid Crisis
CRC Proposal #64 is scheduled to be heard between 8:00 and Noon on Friday, January 19th in Tallahassee – Take Action Now
Declaration of Rights Committee Members
Vice Chair: Commissioner John Stemberger (850) 0805 firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner Emery Gainey (850) 296-0898 email@example.com
Commissioner Marva Johnson (850) 792-6574 firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner Dr. Gary Lester (352) 775-7890 email@example.com
Commissioner Arthenia Joyner (813) 591-0625 Arthenia.Joyner@flcrc.gov
(Joyner appointed by Chief Justice and also on Judiciary Committee)