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  This is a global phenomenon. Grandparents are changing their retire- ment plans, making U-turns, perhaps going back to work to bring in more money to parent again. Some need to quit work to stay home with little ones who are not yet in school. Many are low income or are disabled who are taking care of multiple children. Some are single grandmothers or grandfa- thers. Some are even great-grandpar- ents.
~ NorthPointe Woods Resident, Gladys Holstrom ~
“I have loved my time here at NorthPointe Woods in both independent living and assisted living. I have made many lifelong friendships I will always cherish. The staff at NorthPointe Woods is wonderful and very caring.”
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Gail Mitchell Gallagher, Special to Senior Times AMERICAN HEROES
Life is Even Better
at NorthPointe Woods!
      There are over 2.4 million grandpar- ents raising grandchildren in the United States today. In addition, there are rel- atives now stepping in to raise children when the grandparents are unable to do so because of health or financial issues.
  Some have seen it coming, some haven’t. Some are dropped off on their front porch with just the clothes on their back. Some unsuspecting grand- parents think that their grandchildren are there to simply visit but then are never picked up. Now, these grandpar- ents are faced with finding beds, filling their kitchen cabinets and refrigerators with more food, and making school arrangements. Medical and dental appointments will have to be made, not to mention buying clothes and necessi- ties for what may be several children. Some of the children may have special needs.
During this current surprise attack of the coronavirus, I know that some may feel panicky, alone, and discour- aged. But there is support and there
are resources out there to help. These caregivers need to first call 211 and
get direction as to where to go in their area. Area Agencies on Aging are there willing and ready to direct you as well. AARP is a great resource nationwide. Generations United in Washington, D.C. has a wealth of information. Hang in there. You are one of the heroes.
— Gladys
 Call (269) 964-7625 to arrange your visit today!
700 North Avenue in Battle Creek
          Why is this happening? Parental drug addiction, mental illness, incar- ceration, teenage pregnancy, etc. Grandparents and relatives with loving hearts and sacrificial spirits do not want their precious children going into foster care. They don’t look the other way, no matter if they are struggling financially or in ill health.
Publisher’s note: Programs exist to help relatives care for their loved ones. Several area Kinship Support Groups are listed on page 5. Find out more about one local Kinship programs on page 15.
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Mary, age 75 has MS. Her young granddaughter, age six, was at risk
of going into foster care because of a drug-addicted mom. When someone told Mary she shouldn’t take on the responsibility of raising her grand- daughter, she said, “She needs me and I need her.”
About Gail: She has worked with grandparents raising grandchildren for over 10 years. She has been through the experience of having to gain custody and secure adoption of her two grand- children. After the request of a publish- er, she authored the book, Grandparents Winning Custody of Grandchildren. Gail attended Abilene Christian University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She has been
the Southwest Regional Director of The National Kinship Alliance for Children, formerly the National Committee of Grandparents for Children’s Rights. She is a Grand Network liaison member
of Generations United in Washington, D.C., and has been the former Texas Regional Director for International Fellowship. She is a contributor to Adoption Today, and is the originator of Grandparent’s Corner with Christianity Today International. She participated
in the 2017 Generations United Grand Rally for grand families and appeared before the Senate. She lives in Texas with her children and grandchildren.
Ann, an unsuspecting grandmother living on a fixed income, was watch- ing TV one evening when there was a knock at the door. A lady with Child Protective Services was holding a grandchild Ann didn’t even know
she had. The lady told Ann that her daughter would be in drug rehab for a long time and the baby was now Ann’s responsibility. She gave Ann the baby and left. Ann looked down with dismay at the precious bundle in her arms, walked back into the house, sat in her rocker and knew her life would never be the same.
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