For Grandparents

grandparents and adoption

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As a grandparent, you have a special relationship with your grandchild. Sometimes circumstances arise that place you in the position of parenting the child. If you are grandparents raising children, you should consider establishing the legal position that protects your grandchild, your child and you. Some options for grandparents acting as caretakers include seeking the power of attorney, guardianships, and adoption.

  • The power of attorney lets you make legal decisions for your grandchild. This would allow you to step in for your grandchild’s parents in medical and legal situations such as scheduling doctors’ appointments or signing the child up for schooling.
  • Legal guardianship gives you rights and responsibilities relating to the care of your grandchild. As your grandchild’s guardian, you would be legally responsible for the child, as a parent is, without repealing the rights of the parents.
  • Adoption does not have to mean the termination of a relationship between your grandchild and his or her birth parents, but it can offer the child permanent stability and security in your home.

Whichever option works best for your family, we would love to be your advocate as you pursue the best interests of your grandchild.

Grandparents raising children should also consider an estate plan. Do you have an estate plan? Does it take into account your unique situation? Leaving your estate to your child or having no will at all could leave your grandchild unprotected. We can help you establish a will, trust, and other estate planning tools in the interest of your grandchild.

It is our honor to serve you and we would love to answer any questions you might have. Contact us any time at 479-599-8677 or by email at info@myadoptionarkansas.com.